Meanwhile 10 Design poaches two Aedas principals as it opens studio in the city state
PLP Architecture is considering opening an office in South East Asia on the back of growing workloads in the region.
The London-based practice, which already has offices in Tokyo and Beijing, is thought to be eyeing Singapore as a likely new studio location.
It is working on “several” mixed-use schemes there and has just been appointed to design its first high-rise residential project in the city state.
The 21-storey planted tower, called Park Nova, will also be its first housing development in Asia.
Standing on slender columns and heavily planted, it will contain 54 flats, arranged so each has 270-degree views.
The 100m tall building, on Orchard Boulevard, an area of the city state once home to orchards, will also contain various amenity spaces. The developer is Shun Tak Holdings in collaboration with Hong Kong practice P&T Group.
PLP was controversially born from KPF’s breakaway London office in 2008. President Lee Polisano said: “We are involved in several new mixed-use projects in Singapore and though we are eager to share more details about these, they are at the moment in the early stages and we unfortunately cannot to respect the different stakeholders involved. Interest in our work in Singapore and South East Asia is growing and we are exploring options for a greater physical presence there in the near future.”
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Meanwhile 10 Design has also opened a new design studio in Singapore on the back of growing work in the region.
It has poached two senior figures from Aedas to lead the office: Peter Barrett joins as partner for masterplanning, and José Cláudio Silva as design partner.
10 Design’s chief executive Ross Milne described it as a “pivotal moment”, adding: “The board’s decision to further expand into South East Asia and establish a design studio in Singapore was a natural progression in our business growth strategy.”
The practice was founded in Hong Kong in 2010 by senior architects who left RMJM’s troubled Asian office, including Adrian Boot, Gordon Affleck, Scott Findley and Barry Shapiro. It was bought by Egis, the French engineering consultancy, in 2017.
It has projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar.
Barry Shapiro, 10 Design’s managing partner for Asia, said Barrett’s and Silva’s extensive regional market knowledge would boost 10 Design’s expertise in multiple areas including mixed-use developments, retail, office and residential.