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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.

SAA Architects

With 40 years of practice spanning island-defining projects (Changi Terminal 4) and commercial icons (One Raffles Place, Tower 2) through to healthcare projects (St Joseph Home, below) and a swathe of MRT station (no less than 10 of the new Thomson-East Coast line), SAA Architects are among the most prolific home-grown firms in Singapore.

On the residential front, SAA Architects have done everything from the resort-like Flamingo Valley through to the elegant St Thomas Suites. But we can’t get past their latest city-fringe showstopper: the enchanting new Citygate Shoppes and Residences in Beach Road, featured top, with its lightly retro appeal and lapping horizontal lines.

website: saagroup.com
phone: +65 6220 0411
email: saa@saaarchitects.com.sg

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.

website: dpa.com.sg
phone: +65 6338 3988 

SCDA Architects

Twenty-One Angullia Park architecture

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 (above). 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, the InterContinental Robertson Quay, W Hotel Seminyak and the whimsical Dhoby Ghaut Green, with developments across Asia and, more lately, in New York.

They’re also responsible for the jaw-dropping Amber Park condo development, with its extraordinary sky terrace 235m above sea level, and its rather lovely interiors. For more, see Boulevard’s listing for the 5 bedroom flagship apartment.

The Amber Park sky terrace: selfie sticks at the ready...
The “Stratosphere” sky terrace at Amber Park

website: scdaarchitects.com
phone: +65 6324 5458

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.

Watten Estate condo by WOHA Architects

website: woha.net
phone: +65 6423 4555

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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website: ipliarchitects.com
phone: +65 6536 9881

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).

Tanjong Pagar Centre by Guocoland

website: a61.com.sg
phone: +65 6737 5977

Aedas architects

The spectacular South Beach complex

The team at Aedas has worked alongside some of the world’s top names in architecture, on some of Singapore’s most recognisable icons – think MBS with Moshe Safdie and South Beach, above, with Foster + Partners. Not to mention their solo projects, from the Raffles hotel redevelopment and more than 40 MRT stations (including Bencoolen, one of our favourites) to the show-stopping STAR mall / theatre with its explosion of facades. On the residential front, Aedas is behind the sublime clean lines of 8 Napier Condominium in Tanglin, below, plus a host of developments in Hong Kong, China and beyond.

website: aedas.com
phone: +65 6734 4733

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.

website: ong-ong.com
phone: +65 6258 8666

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).

website: wallflower.com.sg
phone: +65 6297 6883

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By Hamish McDougall