Maps Design Studio
Maps is led by principals Tan Hock Beng and Maria Hartati. With studios in Singapore and Bangkok, the practice’s portfolio has always been broad-based in its geographic breadth, with projects currently spread over some 93 cities across 26 countries.
Maps is known for its ability to generate clever design solutions for vastly varied cultural contexts. The firm provides master planning, architectural and interior design services for many project types, with a keen emphasis on hotels and resorts. It works with top luxury hotel brands like Hyatt, W, St Regis, Sheraton, JW Marriott, Shangri-La, Pan Pacific, Pullman, Nira, InterContinental and Anantara.
Specifically, its commitment to seeing architecture as part of a larger continuum of design and environmental issues has marked how it approaches the creative process. Throughout each project, the firm’s overarching thesis focuses on an empathetic sensitivity to space, while striving to imbue the work with an understated layer of meaning. Its portfolio has always been implicitly marked by modesty and explicitly concerned with spatiality.
Maps believes that design is “intelligence made visible”. Design is all about being inclusive yet projective; in the process, exploring spatial enclosures of joyful sensuality — those unique amalgam of qualities that make architecture perpetually invigorating.