Steeled for support: Building open testament to technology

A new development in the city will have two massive office floors with no dividing walls, allowing a clear view across their 170m span.

And this is made possible through building technology often used for coping with earthquakes.

Extending across some 100,000 sq ft - about a third larger than a football field - these floors could house up to 2,000 office workers each.

They are on levels 28 and 29 of Marina One, which is in the Marina Bay area and is set to be completed next year.

Supporting the two massive floors are steel trusses. These are made more stable by special bearing technology more commonly used in bridges and highways to cope with seismic activity such as earthquakes.

"We utilised this bearing technology to enhance the load-bearing capacity of the high-density floor trusses," said a spokesman for the project's engineering firm Beca.

The bearings allow the floor plates to move from side to side, reducing stress on the steel trusses.

Marina One is a mixed development which includes apartments and retail space.

It is developed by M+S, a joint venture between Malaysia's sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional and Singapore's Temasek Holdings.

It will offer 1.88 million sq ft of grade-A office space in total.

Many businesses are considering larger spaces due to the rising need for organisational flexibility and efficiency, said M+S chief executive officer Kemmy Tan.

"These larger floor plates allow companies to be more efficient in their space planning, instead of straddling several floors," she said.

Janice Heng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2016, with the headline 'Steeled for support: Building open testament to technology'. Print Edition | Subscribe