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Architecture firms in Singapore you need to know

Architecture firms in Singapore you need to know

By Hamish McDougall

Some of the world’s top architecture firms have built piles in Singapore – and many of them are home grown. These are the names behind brutalist icons and light-filled mansions, game-changing design projects, conservation heroes, and the occasional neoclassical masterpiece.

We bring the you (the beginnings of) a complete guide to architecture companies in Singapore.

WOHA Architects

Parkroyal on Pickering Garden Hotel by WOHA Architects

Leading the charge in green architecture, WOHA Architects are behind a trio of iconic garden hotels – Parkroyal on Pickering (above), Oasia Hotel Downtown and Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. Not to mention the extraordinary School Of The Arts building, as well as numerous conservation works including the cleverly hidden Bras Basah MRT station, and residential projects such as the ever-lovely Watten Estate condos and the forthcoming, cascading green reverie The Tre Ver.

+65 6423 4555
29 Hongkong St, Singapore 059668

Watten Estate condo by WOHA Architects

SCDA Architects

Echelon Condo's signature sharp lines by SCDA Architects

SCDA is the home-grown firm behind some of Singapore’s most high-end and jaw-dropping condo developments, including The Marq, Leedon Residence and 21 Angullia Park (featured top). Founded and led by principal Soo Chan, the practice brings together architecture, interiors and landscaping across residential, hospitality and commercial projects. Their work spans projects as diverse as modern landed homes (below), Echelon condo (above), the InterContinental Robertson Quay, W Hotel Seminyak and the whimsical Dhoby Ghaut Green, with developments across Asia and, more lately, in New York.

+65 6324 5458
8 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088385

ipli Architects

Watten Residences cluster house by ipli Architects

Led by Yip Yuen Hong and Lee Ee Lin, ipli Architects has won numerous awards in Singapore for their innovative design and focus on natural environment. Over 18 years of practice, they have evolved an aesthetic of strong geometry and signature textural materials – as showcased by the lovely Watten Residences cluster house project, above. While landed homes comprise the bulk of their portfolio, Yip Yuen Hong recently collaborated on the Martin Modern condo development to create a stunning blend of striking towers and enveloping landscapes.

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+65 6536 9881
100 Pasir Panjang Road, #03-01, Singapore 118518

Architects 61

The iconic postmodern architecture of The Concourse in Kallang, Singapore

With more than 40 years’ experience and $50 billion in projects in Singapore, Architects 61 have certainly made their mark on Singapore’s urban landscape. Even if you don’t know them, you certainly know their work – they’ve collaborated on skyline icons including the Fullerton Hotel conversion, Asia Square Towers, the landmark, postmodern Concourse building in Kallang and Singapore’s newly crowned co-tallest building, the Tanjong Pagar Centre – as well as the Helix Bridge. On the condo front, think the sleek, city-side V on Shenton, Sentosa’s epic Cape Royale, and the controversial 42 Cairnhill (whose glittering glass tower bestrides a 1930s heritage mansion).

+65 6737 5977
150 Beach Road, #23-01 Gateway West, Singapore 189720

Ong & Ong

One of the big names in Singapore architecture, Ong & Ong has done it all – from modern mansions and luxury shophouse renovations to condos, MRT stations, Singapore Airlines lounges, and even a Zouk nightclub under their belt. They’ve also taken out numerous prizes along the way, including a gold A’ Design Award for Faber House, below, featuring their signature touch of industrial chic.

+65 6258 8666
510 Thomson Road, #11-00 SLF Building, Singapore 298135

Faber House by Singapore architecture firm Ong & Ong
Photo via Ong and Ong

Wallflower Architects

Wallflower Architects Enclosed Open House
Photo via Wallflower Architects

Boutique firm Wallflower Architects are responsible for some of the lovelier mansion houses in Singapore combining tastefulness with total opulence. Founders Tan Chai Chong Robin and Cecil Chee create light-filled, ultra-modern, instant classics – with adorable project names such as Forever House and Secret Garden House (below right).

+65 6297 6883
7500A Beach Road, #15-303 The Plaza, Singapore S199591

DP Architects

The People's Park Complex by DP Architects

DP Architects have designed some of the most iconic architecture in Singapore, including Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay and the Singapore Sports Hub, brutalist faves the People’s Park Complex and the Golden Mile Complex, through to one of the newest additions to the Singapore CBD, Frasers Tower, as well as numerous residential projects including East Coast condo gem Silversea and city pied-à-terre The Clift.

+65 6338 3988 
6 Raffles Boulevard, #04-100 Marina Square, Singapore 039594

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By Hamish McDougall