Wallflower Architecture + Design

Wallflower Architecture + Design was founded by Tan Chai Chong Robin and Cecil Chee, bringing together a combined experience in commercial projects and residential developments. Established in 1999, Wallflower Pte Ltd and Wallflower Architecture + Design have undertaken a wide spectrum of work, ranging from commercial and residential projects and have received numerous awards for excellence in design, having been also widely featured in local and international publications. Wallflower was quickly recognised by Singapore’s Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts as one of Singapore’s key industry players in design.

The essence of design distils virtue out of necessity. It is Wallflower’s philosophy that each project has its unique needs and qualities from which innovative and fresh solutions are revealed.  To ensure a seamless integration, Wallflower offers total design solutions, fusing urban, architectural, landscape, interior, lighting and furniture needs. Wallflower believes that beauty and cleverness are inseparable in excellent design, the value of which enhances the environment in which we work and live and ultimately, enriches the human experience and spirit.

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Wallflower Architects wraps a GCB in Bukit Timah with an Accoya wood screen and lush landscaping 

Wallflower Architects wraps a GCB in Bukit Timah with an Accoya wood screen and lush landscaping 

Almost entirely wrapped in landscaping, the latest residential project by Wallflower Architects is aptly named Touching Eden House. Creepers dangle down the Accoya wood screen and tropical trees are planted so abundantly that the Good Class Bungalow (GCB) seems to stand in their snug embrace.  Peel back its layers though and an amazing story emerges – one of strict setback requirements, challenging site conditions, changing owners and privacy concerns. In overcoming all of these issues, Robin Tan, the Principal Architect of Wallflower, was able to design this slice of paradise in Bukit Timah, specifically located along the Singapore Botanic Gardens.  “I always say that when you solve a problem beautifully, people actually wish they have this problem, so that they can adopt your solution,” quips Tan.  A long, rectangle solution  As evidence of just how insurmountable the perceived challenges of the site were, this tale begins with the sale of the GCB – or the inability to complete it. The original owners met with not one but two prospective buyers who did not exercise their option to purchase. It finally…

Wallflower and DS Architects collaborate to design a traffic-stopping condo, Claydence

Wallflower and DS Architects collaborate to design a traffic-stopping condo, Claydence

When developer Hong How Land wrote out the brief for the residential project that would become Claydence, it consisted of one line: when driving at 60km/h along Still Road, the condominium must be noticed. For Wallflower Pte Ltd and DS Architects, which collaborated on the design, they immediately knew that whatever they came up with had to be “striking”, possibly even a “landmark”.  After accounting for technical and commercial considerations, the solution took the form of using bricks as the dominant material. Consequently, all the planes of the one-block development’s massing are clad with the rich, red-coloured material, and the rest are in dark grey plaster. “The blocks of apartments are separated by large flat walls. Bricks delineate these surfaces. It’s a bit like when you order a kueh (Malay for “cake”) and there’s a piece of paper around it,” describes Cecil Chee, Co-Founder of Wallflower.  Certainly, its location on the fringe of the heritage-rich Joo Chiat neighbourhood contributed to the decision of using this classic material. Other factors included its green nature, aesthetic value and insulating qualities.  “This project…