Landscape architects and designers that go beyond the garden variety
Singapore has taken the term ‘Garden City’ as literally as they come. Foliage can be seen pretty much everywhere – lining our roads, spilling from rooftops and balconies, and in its most recent iteration, seen in indoor gardens in Changi Airport’s new Jewel.
Little wonder that we’re drawn to homes with greenery: water features, green walls, and gardens in abundance are practically mandatory in every new condominium. But when it comes to introducing leafage into the privacy of your home, unless you’re a dab hand with vegetation, we’d prefer to trust those who know. Bring on the landscape architects and designers.
Into Balinese resort vibes? Who isn’t.
Chang Huai-yan, founder of the quirkily coined Salad Dressing, worked in Bali alongside Made Wijaya (Google for the man’s impressive reputation in creating tropical garden landscapes).
Salad Dressing has been going strong since 2002, and you may have seen some of their work at the highly Instagrammable Harding Road and Ann Siang branches of PS Café, and White Rabbit. Their international portfolio includes homes in Japan, Indonesia, China and even Italy.
phone: +65 6223 7300
address: 200 Turf Club Road, The Grandstand #07-01, Singapore 287994
Principals Dr Russell Arthur Smith, Helen Smith-Yeo and Sherman Stave together head one of Singapore’s most recognised firms that specialise in landscape architecture, master planning and urban design.
Their designs are truly captivating – and chances are you’ve already marvelled at them. From Oasia Downtown Hotel and the NUS University Town to the CaptiGreen building (CBD) and Park Hotel at Alexandra, STX has one striking portfolio. And their award-winning residential projects stand as proof of their timeless and memorable designs. Some of which include Belle Vue Residences, Rivergate, Duchess Residences, Helios and others.
phone: +65 6327 4452
address: 60 Albert Street, #16-08, OG Albert Complex, Singapore 189969
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If you have a smaller patio or balcony that needs sprucing up, landscape architect Josh Theoh is your man. From planters to rooftop terraces to even an outdoor percussion set, Josh has a knack of finding a space for even the smallest of alfresco gardens. His 13 years of experience is backed up by a reassuring number of good reviews from satisfied clients.
The company also has a nursery in Lim Chu Kang if you’d like a more visual and tactile approach in choosing your greenery.
phone: +65 9487 9868
address: 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 718860 (nursery)
Guz Architects are behind of some of the most beautiful homes that we’ve seen in Singapore (take a gander through their portfolio to see for yourself). They may not solely be a landscape architecture firm, but they’re on this list because of the heavy influence that nature has on their designs, and their seamless integration of gardens, water features and trees in the compounds.
What we’re super impressed by: they also plant trees on behalf of their clients to offset their carbon footprint. To date, they’ve planted 2,700 trees in the United Kingdom and 500 trees in New Zealand.
phone: +65 6476 6110
address: 3 Jalan Kelabu Asap, Singapore 278199
DP Green (DPG)
Landscape architects and arboriculture consultants DP Green’s projects are meant to be beneficial for the people who interact with them as well as the environment as a whole. This interdisciplinary firm tends approaches each project by responding to the “site’s natural genius loci”. One of their most recognisable residential projects, Jardin on Dunearn Road, is bursting at the seems with greenery and offers its residents a chance to live within a garden.
phone: +65 6338 3988
address: 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-249 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Winner of OCBC’s Emerging Enterprise Award 2017, Greenology offers urban farming for those who are keen, but we’re more intrigued by their vertical garden walls. Not every home has the luxury of having a spare balcony or patio to tinker with, so we like the concept of a customised green wall that fits into the space you have. Plus, having an indoor garden means you get an in-built air purifier.
The feel good factor: Greenology has offered horticulture therapy to seniors with dementia, where they work on gardening projects over regular sessions.
address: 289 Farnborough Road, Singapore 509747
Where to now?
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