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 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…