Architects in Singapore you need to know
Some of the world’s top architecture firms have built piles in Singapore – and many of them are homegrown. These are the names behind brutalist icons and light-filled mansions, game-changing design projects, conservation heroes, and the occasional neoclassical masterpiece.
We bring you (the beginnings of) a complete guide to architecture companies in Singapore.
- Ming Architects
- Hyla Architects
- Wallflower Architects
- SCDA Architects
- Woha Architects
- DP Architects
- Architects 61
- Ong & Ong
- ADDP Architects
- Ipli Architects
- SAA Architects
- Aedas Architects
- Ar43 Architects
Boutique firm Ming Architects specialises in luxury, modern homes – and we’re rather taken with their bold lines, elegant minimalism and rich earthy tones. Founder Tan Cher Ming brings a particular focus to the holistic design of each property, in close consultation with the owner, to ensure a seamless transition from exterior to interior.
Boutique architecture firm Hyla specialises in distinctive, customised homes. Principal architect and founder Han Loke Kwang leans on natural materials to create sublime spaces that somehow combine privacy, natural light and openness.
Boutique firm Wallflower Architects are responsible for some of the lovelier mansion houses in Singapore combining tastefulness with total opulence. Founders Robin Tan and Cecil Chee create light-filled, ultra-modern, instant classics – with adorable project names such as Forever House and Secret Garden House (below right). We caught up with the acclaimed duo recently.
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. 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, 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.
Leading the charge in green architecture, Woha Architects are behind a trio of iconic garden hotels – Parkroyal on Pickering, above right, 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, the forthcoming, cascading green reverie The Tre Ver, and the breath-taking MeyerHouse new launch condo in District 15, above left.
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 (above left) 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 (above right) and city pied-à-terre The Clift.
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 slash Guoco Tower – home to Wallich Residence – 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).
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, above left, featuring their signature touch of industrial chic. And they’ve expanded their practice to include landscape architecture – as seen above in the stunning hanging gardens at Sloane Residences, above right.
The team at ADDP has certainly kept busy, completing dozens of residential projects – with highlights including the retro-futurist Cliveden at Grange with starchitect Carlos Ott, above left and the wonderfully modular Cube 8 in Newton.
Alongside their condo projects, ADDP has worked on everything from enormous commercial projects such as China Square through to industrial and governmental. Looking ahead, ADDP has also been tapped by local developer GuocoLand for their upcoming project The Avenir on River Valley Close, above right.
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, as well as the forthcoming Midtown Modern condo – a strikingly green development in the city-fringe Beach Road area.
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, with its lightly retro appeal and lapping horizontal lines.
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 Residences 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, above, plus a host of developments in Hong Kong, China and beyond.
Award-winning architect Lim Cheng Kooi’s never-ending pursuit of responsible design has resulted in a portfolio filled with incredible structures. From landed house and GCBs to institutions like Stamford Arts Centre, Ar43 has done it all since its establishment in 2006. Responsive to the site, each GCB and landed home designed by Ar43 Architects draws from its surroundings and is conceived with great thought and care.
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