CALTEX HOUSE AND HITACHI TOWER
30 Raffles Place and 16 Collyer Quay
with Murphy Jahn Architects
The 33-storey Caltex House and the 37-storey Hitachi Tower located on two adjacent sites are linked by a four-storey glass galleria. Designed and planned in parallel, each tower takes on different architectural expressions, while complementing each other to strengthen the urban quality of Raffles Place.
The entrance at Caltex House consists of a distinctive glass rotunda and four-storey high portico. The rotunda motif is again expressed on the roof capped by radial sunshading louvres - a strong feature that gives the building a distinctive identity at Raffles Place.
Hitachi Tower, on the other hand, is topped off by a double-storey navigating beacon that recalls the maritime history of the Collyer Quay area. Its faade is expressed in three parts, which breaks the verticality of the 37-storey tower and creates a stepping down effect that matches with the height of its shorter neighbour, Tung Centre.
At the urban level, the two buildings respect and are designed around established patterns of pedestrian movement and urban use. The bank lobby is lifted to the upper floors to create Change Alley on the first storey, a pedestrian thoroughfare lined with retail activities that is today, a well-used and vibrant space linking Raffles Place to Collyer Quay.
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