Comprising of two late-modernist style skyscrapers, UOB Plaza ( 大华银行大厦) consists of UOB Plaza One and UOB Plaza Two, with the former jointly holding the distinction of tallest buildings in the city along with illustrious co-peers Republic Plaza and OUB Centre.
The 67-floor UOB Plaza One stands 280 m (920 ft), and was completed in 1992 with architectural inspiration based largely on the Los Angeles-based U.S. Bank Tower. A somewhat controversial aspect of Plaza One is the Masjid Moulana Mohd Ali mosque in its basement which some Muslims dislike, attributing it to being built in the “bowels” of the earth! The 162 m (531 ft) UOB Plaza Two was originally built in 1973, but the 38-floor structure was later refurbished in 1995.
The octagonal base and 45-degree rotated cubic volumes of the towers are uniquely attributable to the 1900’s style of Kenzo Tange. Both structures are linked together through a spacious atrium that joins Raffles Place to Singapore River.