Designshop

Designshop is a Singapore-based architectural firm dedicated to delivering meticulously planned and impeccably executed buildings of the highest quality. Originally focused on private residential projects, the firm has expanded its scope to encompass healthcare, institutional, conservation, commercial, education, industrial, and public projects.

Designshop‘s dedication to sustainability and environmental responsibility is exemplified by their achievement of being the first in Singapore to receive the prestigious BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for a Good Class Bungalow (GCB). This accolade highlights the firm’s commitment to creating environmentally conscious designs.

With expertise in both architecture and interior design, Designshop offers comprehensive services that seamlessly blend aesthetics and functionality. The firm is registered with the Board of Architects Singapore, and ISO 9001 accredited, which is a testament to maintaining the highest standards of design excellence.

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Q&A with Samuel Lee, Designshop: AI will never be able to replicate the emotional experience of architecture

Q&A with Samuel Lee, Designshop: AI will never be able to replicate the emotional experience of architecture

How did Designshop expand from doing only residential projects, to others such as healthcare, institutional and conservation? Designshop was founded by Joy Chew in 1987, focusing initially on residential interiors. Joy’s fearlessness in taking on new challenges has always inspired me since I joined her in 2010, and, to this day, I continue to uphold her ethos by embracing new and diverse types of projects. Our success lies in our design approach and methodology, where every project endeavour starts with gaining a deep understanding of each client’s needs and preferences as well as working closely with collaborators and experts in the field.  Tell us about the project that was the first in Singapore to receive the prestigious BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for a Good Class Bungalow.  The BCA Green Mark criteria for houses was still at its infancy then and many homeowners were hesitant to invest in higher construction costs to achieve certification. Fortunately, we had a client who shared our beliefs about the long-term benefits of green homes. We utilised design simulation software to analyse sun and wind…

Designshop stacks a collection of blocks to create a corner terrace in Watten Estate

Designshop stacks a collection of blocks to create a corner terrace in Watten Estate

When it comes to architecture, the first thing that often springs to mind is aesthetics. Yet, few creatives stop to think about the relationship that the building has with the land it sits on, and how that can drive its design. For this three-storey corner terrace by Designshop, which occupies a triangular plot in Watten Estate, it was absolutely crucial.  “The main inspiration for its design came from the site itself,” says Samuel Lee, who runs Designshop alongside Founder Joy Chew, which was commissioned to carry out the project. “We wanted to take advantage of its triangular shape and the client was open to exploring [an unusual] form so long as we maximised the land use.” When asked to describe his creative process, Lee says, “Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza’s design approach, deeply connecting the buildings with the site, came to mind, leading us to produce many sketches to discover the ideal form.”  The end result is a house with a “tectonic form”, boasting the appearance of shifting blocks stacked on top of each other, clocking in at 7,045sqft in size. …