DUO is located within Bugis, an established arts, educational, heritage and cultural district. It is home to more than 20 historical sites and national monuments, and plays host to an exciting variety of events such as the monthly Bugis Arts Flea Market, and the annual Singapore Night Festival. Located near the Singapore Art Museum, LASALLE College of the Arts, and the Waterloo Street Arts Belt, DUO neighbours this exciting creative world.
With a distinctive, modern design that seamlessly harmonises the development and its surrounding environment, the spirit of DUO is one of inclusiveness and symbiosis. A bold vision that helps bring to life the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) plan for a vibrant mixed-use cluster within the Ophir-Rochor corridor to complement the Marina Bay and Raffles Place business districts.
The Ophir-Rochor corridor also hosts the active arts, cultural, entertainment, and educational hub of Bugis and the historic district of Kampong Glam, a historical Malay-Arab conservation district with a rich history. The colourful shophouses were once home to a multi-ethnic community of early settlers to Singapore more than a hundred years ago. Today, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants still intermingle with traditional businesses like carpet retailers and spice traders.
Embracing this vision is Ole Scheeren’s iconic design. DUO not only redefines the city skyline, but its courtyard and plazas hosts a variety of pedestrian oriented activities for its community as the civic nexus of Bugis – a throwback to the heydays of this charming and eclectic district where a vibrant community once gathered in similar enclaves.