Designed by American architect I.M. Pei, the 52-storey OCBC Centre was Singapore’s tallest building when it was completed in 1976. With an architecture that consists of a heavy structural frame supporting three intermediate transverse girders, the unique skyscraper was among the first high-rise that helped define the post-independence skyline of Raffles Place. The skyscraper was built on the former site of China Building which had been the headquarters of OCBC since the bank was established in 1932.
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This juxtapose was created using related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, and Roots as references. It also consulted the following books: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (2013), Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & Now (2018), Singapore: A Guide to Buildings, Streets, Places (1988), In Granite and Chunam: The National Monuments of Singapore (1996), Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 (1999), Singapore: Architecture of a Global City (2000), Contemporary Singapore Architecture (1998), and The Golden Shoe: Building Singapore’s Financial District (1989).