Formwerkz Architects was established in Singapore in 2004 by Alan Tay, Seetoh Kum Loon, Gwen Tan and Berlin Lee. The practice is largely defined and shaped by their common interest in the recovery of mutual human relationships, and the restoration of primordial relationships between man and nature. Projects become vehicles to design happenings or more precisely, the conditions that can espouse more active engagement between man and man with his environment.
In 2010, the three design partners (Alan Tay, Gwen Tan and Seetoh KL) were selected to be featured in Architecture & Urban Design Excellence’s (AUDE) “20 Under 45: The Next Generation” exhibition, aimed to promote a greater awareness and appreciation of design excellence in Singapore. The Apartment House was listed in Monocle’s Singapore Survey as one of the “Best of the Modern”, alongside the likes of Paul Rudolph’s The Colonnade and IM Pei’s OCBC Bank buildings.
Through the years, Formwerkz has received several awards: The Building of the Year and Design Awards from the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA); The International Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies; International Design Awards (IDA); DFA Design For Asia Award by the Hong Kong Design Centre; and Cityscape Dubai Design Award.