GREEN CORRIDORS BOTH ABOVE AND UNDERGROUND GIVE THIS HARD-EDGED DEVELOPMENT THAT HAS BEEN REVAMPED BY TA.LE ARCHITECTS A RELAXED AND MORE INVITING FEEL.
Singapore architecture firm TA.LE Architects, led by principal architects Tay Yanling and Lionel Leow, were appointed to give it a contemporary vibe and introduce inviting common spaces so that it would stand out.
We wanted to turn the mundane “affair of walking along the passageway into a more delightful experience”
The office in a garden concept has also extended into a recently revamped business park in Changi.
When ESR Reit tasked TA.LE Architects to redevelo the former UE Bizhub East, the architectural team turned the business park into a garden-like setting. Principal Architect Lionel Leow says: “We decided on an office in a park setting. The design is bio-philic in essence, which improves the overall well-being of the users.”
Not only is the development now more welcoming for its users, the new EST BizPark@Changi boasts a better spatial experience in its public spaces with the introduction of a green corridor.
Leow and his team also extended the green corridor concept into an underground passageway that leads to the MRT Station. “Creating an underground green corridor turns a mundane affair of a commute into a pleasant experience,” says Leow.
Architect Yanling Tay started her own firm with one thing in mind. “We wanted to do something we could truly call our own designs,” she says. “So all the designs we create come from a much more humanistic design approach.”
As a company, we’re very young, so we really don’t mind trying new things. We approach each project with an open mind, and I think that’s what’s really kept us going.
The world isn’t a static place. The only constant is change. The pandemic has shown us that we have to keep growing, keep improving and also to be very adaptive.
The project is located in the hot and humid climate of Singapore. Tembusu trees of thousand years of history surround the site covered by lush green at Dempsey Hill. The development site consist of an existing century old house. Although its roof and stairs have decayed over time, the historical building has preserved its special character of a Black and White House from Singapore’s colonial past. The integration of this historical building with its rich cultural background and a new modern extension in a symbiotic manner is the concept behind Singapore-based Architectural practice ‘TA.LE Architects’.
Lionel Leow doesn’t differentiate architecture from interior design. The principal architect of TA.LE Architects says: “In today’s environment, a holistic approach is needed to design a user experience that is seamless and delightful.” Mr Leow founded the firm with fellow architect Tay Yanling
A scroll through the firm’s website shows Mr Leow and his team’s capability in handling all kinds of projects, such as restoring and revitalising shophouses for modern use; retrofitting the Nordic European Centre office to suit current work needs; designing the interiors of boutique stores and private homes.
“We do not have a preoccupation with any specific typology of architecture or interior design. We believe in creating value through design in any type of space, and we love to work on both private residences and public projects where we can create a positive impact on the community at large,” says Mr Leow, 42.
The Society of Interior DesignersSingapore (Sids) unveiled on Friday last week 16 interior designers who made the cut as the society’s choice for the best in the business..
…One of the highlights of the designs featured in the 20 Under 45 awards is Lionel Leow’s concept for Alexandria Maison @ Millenia Walk (above), the flagship branch of a local store that sells homegrown and international jewellery creations…
…Mr Leow adds that although the firm is primarily an architectural practice, the founders do not differentiate architecture from interior design. “We believe a holistic approach to design is essential in today’s environment, where users demand that all aspects of a building or space should work together as a whole.”
SIDS 20 UNDER 45 AWARDS 2021 is a recognition of the nation’s most distinguished and influential designers who have impacted the industry with a consistently excellent body of work, via various mediums and disciplines.
Lionel Leow is a recipient of this prestigious award where the industry recognize THE BEST – the people who propagate new solutions through design and act as a source of hope to the community…‘Great Design generate positive users’ experience. Getting recognized by fellow professionals of design and built environment is a great motivation for me and my team to continue to create design that positively influence social behavior and improves the lives of the community’…Lionel Leow
…Over the past two decades, we (d+a) have featured the past generation of Architects and their projects, supporting them in their contribution to Singapore’s built environment, while also subliminally giving definition to the country’s architecture. It is therefore apt that this become the focus of a feature, where we trace its evolution in the last 20 years. Yet, even as we look back, we must look forward. We have singled out eight architects to keep our eyes on, making up the next generation who will shape Singapore’s buildscape…
…Believing that architecture is about the relentless pursuit of beauty and a singlemindedness in unravelling complexity into simple things, Tay Yanling employs a human-centric approach, integrating isolated solutions into a seamless user experience in all her designs…
…The house consists of two buildings – an existing pre-war conserved bungalow and a new modern bungalow – designed with stepped terraces with a green roof that blends in with the colonial bungalow building.
“In order to allow the two different styles of architecture to co-exist harmoniously, we design the new bungalow with a receding form from the front road so as to maintain the austerity of the conserved bungalow,” said TA.LE Architects.
‘…Look inside a Singapore supermarket billionaire’s $50 million mansion, which combines a historic bungalow with an ultra-modern house and has a 100-foot swimming pool
Winner in Interior Designer of the Year – Alexandria Maison
The SIT Furniture Design Award recognizes the efforts of talented international furniture designers, Interior Designer and Interior decorators that use furniture in their space design. Members of the selected professional jury committee evaluate each work based on its merit assigning it a score.
We are proud to have been selected with our work ‘Alexandria Maison’ as winner in Interior Designer of the Year.
‘…When Lim bought the plot of land for S$35 million in 2015, there was only a colonial building on the grounds. Home to British officers and their families before World War II, the two-storey bungalow with 2,376 sq ft of living space was listed as historically significant. Its conservation status meant Ta.Le Architects and Type0 Architecture had to keep key elements of its roof, facade, doors and windows and other significant design features.
The team peeled away a layer of pink paint to reveal the building’s original bricks, and kept all the window grilles and frames. The three-bedroom house was renovated with Lim’s mother in mind, but since she moved out, Lim’s eldest daughter has taken over…’
‘…Inside Sheng Siong co-founder Lim Hock Leng’s 33,700 sq ft family home….Inspired by Chinese courtyard houses, the Singapore businessman built a multigenerational home that embraces family, heritage and nature…’
TA.LE Architects is featured in ‘Singapore Finest Services in Singapore’.
‘…TA.LE ARCHITECTS was founded on the belief that brilliant Modern Architecture and Interior Designs are integral in ensuring the comfort of anyone utilising the space, since well-designed spaces have the ability to exert a positive influence on society….’
Best Workplace Design – Nordic European Centre – SILVER AWARD
Best Retail Design – Alexandria Maison – BRONZE AWARD
Best Residential Design – Phrontistery – BRONZE AWARD
TA.LE Architects is featured in ‘Best in Singapore for Commercial Interior Designers in Singapore’.
‘…TA.LE architects is an award winning architecture firm with the 2018 and 2019 Good Design Award. They turn your space into a magnificent work of art with their fresh take on architecture and interior design. They listen to their clients’ requirements and needs. From there, they try to incorporate their unique design and purpose of the space with their client’s points in mind…’
Phrontistery featured in ‘Home Journal’ – one of Hong Kong’s leading interior design and lifestyle magazines.
‘…Arguably the busiest street in one of the world’s most populous cities, Singapore’s Orchard Road might be the last place that one would expect to find a sense of undisturbed tranquillity. Yet nestled in between all the colossal mega-malls and towering high rises, a former one-bedroom residence has been transformed by Ta.le Architects into a one-of-a-kind, single-user office that not only serves as a hideaway from the hustle and bustle for its owner, but also a sanctuary designed to incite inspiration and deep contemplation. “The name of the project itself derives from the client’s brief to us,” says principal architect Lionel Leow of Phrontistery, the 540sqft open-plan office. “He needs a space of contemplation amid the busiest area in Singapore; it’s a place where he spends time alone in the day, thinking and strategising.”…’
Discover the behind-the-scenes process in the making of well-crated buildings by some of Singapore’s smaller Architecture firms….Our Principal Architect Lionel Leow shares the works of our practice over a mid-day design forum with other like-minded Architects and Designers – our effort to promote the Architectural Industry to the general public.
Our design for Phrontistery featured in the September 2019 Issue!
‘…This home office offers a ‘thinking place’ in the midst of one of the busiest parts of the city. Interior designer TA.LE Architects removed many of the internal walls to open up the space to fit an art gallery, a living area, a garden and an open-concept bathroom and kitchenette…’
TA.LE Architects is exhibiting at the URA AUDE Gallery. Titled ‘Small Spaces, Beautiful Memories, our exhibition showcases our recent completed works along with physical models as part of our design process in form and space exploration. Using projects of different scales and nature, from A&A to business park offices to conservation of heritage buildings to single family dwellings and furniture design, we aim to communicate our method of approaching design and problematics of Architecture and our solution for them.
Our exhibition is part of ‘On the inside of ___’ exhibition, from 27 September 2019 to 10 December 2019.
… The Hidden House comprises a conserved bungalow and a new modern bungalow. In order to allow the two distinct types of architecture to co-exist harmoniously, the new bungalow is designed with a receding form from the front road so as to maintain the austerity of the conserved bungalow. from the front elevation, one sees the exterior of the conserved bungalow with the new bungalow creating a backdrop with its green roof rising from the ground to the top at the back. from the rear elevation, the new bungalow takes precedence, presenting the modern side of the house…..
…Impiana feature The Loft House and Super Park Avenue K in Kuala Lumpur. Tay Yanling, Principal Architect, talks about TA.LE Architects’ design philosophy and its focus on user-centric design, using The Loft House and Super Park as exemplar…
…in response to factors such as climate change and a growing number of people living green, tropical homes are making a comeback in tropical countries but with a modern twist. The owner of a highly visible corner house located in a quiet neighbourhood in Singapore was of this mind-set, desiring a home that had a contemporary design and took into account the country’s climate at the same time. Having also been informed of their client’s desire for privacy and a way to properly appreciate their natural surroundings, local architecture firm TA.LE Architects crafted a masterpiece that met all the given requirements which they named the loft House….
…In designing the activities, Tay says the element of fun in the design and planning of the plan is important as that is in the DNA of the client. ‘At the same time, we have an obligation to make sure that the activities are safe. So, fun and safety are our driving thoughts behind this project…
Art and architecture are entwined for Ms Tay Yanling…. “Art is my creativity in 2D and architecture is my creativity expressed in 3D,” she says. At Ta.Le, she makes a conscious effort to add a sense of delight and surprise to users’ day-to-day experiences. For instance, at the Nordic European Centre, she used a mixture of timber, glass and mirrored surfaces to play with light and shadows, and inject excitement into what would have otherwise been a mundane linkway.
Interview with our founder/Principal Architect – Tay Yanling, on her passion in Architecture and Art. ‘I’m an Architect who loves to paint and create Art….’Art is my creativity in 2D and architecture is my creativity expressed in 3D’, she says. At TA.LE, she makes a conscious effort to add a sense of delight and surprise to users’ day-to-day experiences. For instance, at the Nordic European Centre, she used a mixture of timber, glass and mirrored surfaces to play with light and shadows, and inject excitement into what would have otherwise been a mundane linkway…
TA.LE Architects have breathed new life into Ascendas-Singbridge’s 19-year-old Nordic European Centre and transformed it into a workplace that addresses the needs of the millennial workforce….“We wanted the feeling of an office in a park,” Tay notes. Keeping a tight rein on a lean material palette favouring natural marbled cork and wood, grass-toned carpets and monochrome elements, the building is a transformed sensorial experience that pulls nature deep within its leaf-etched canopy.
House Tour: Portoro gold black marble staircase and natural light in this semi-detached home…The serrated ceiling panels in the dining room is one eye-catching feature. “The distinctive [angular] lines are softened by the light-coloured material palette consisting of oak timber carpentry and flooring as well as soft diffused lighting,” says Tay Yanling, founder and principal architect of Ta.le Architects…
TA.LE ARCHITECTS, the award-winning Singaporean architecture firm, recently announced the re-opening of the Nordic European Centre following completion of extensive retrofitting of interior and exterior spaces. The architecture firm breathed new life into the 20-year-old building, transforming it into an office complex fit for modern millennial office workers who are demanding more collaborative workspaces and facilities that cater to an active lifestyle. We speak to Ms. Tay Yanling, Founder & Principal Architect of TA.Le Architects to find out more about the project….
…This Good Class Bungalow designed by Ta.Le Architects includes a fitness centre, squash court, swimming pool, and more….
…This modern home draws inspiration from traditional Architecture, while creating a light-filled interior that celebrates its tropical context…
BRONZE AWARD for Best F&B Design – Grind Coffee
The Loft House
…shows that traditional forms can be reinterpreted to achieve progress in architecture. Retaining the typical pitched roof of a tropical house, the designers shielded the property from the sun’s heat while giving visual access to its natural surroundings. Through liberal use of glass — including a skylight — the semi-detached house was brightened by the infusion of natural light…
Our Principal Architect – Tay Yanling was interviewed by The Edge Newspaper. She spoke about her life long passion on Art and how she relate Architecture as a 3 dimensional form of Art, and how she set out to make a difference in the field of Architecture.
“Some asked us, ‘Why did you design a house that is hidden and cannot be seen?…one day the client told us the house reminded him of a Chinese idiom – nei you qian kun (内有乾坤). It means there is more than meets theeye, more to be discovered, which he appreciated.”
the editor of Lian He Zhao Bao shares his view on the use of unconventional material (glass block) in a modern way to bring ample light into the house, at the same time provide privacy to the owners.
‘An open-plan layout and thoughtful design ideas help brighten this terrace house and give it a cosy ambience…..’
Winner of Taiwan Golden Pin Design – Hidden House is featured in ‘Portfolio’ magazine November 2018 issue
‘unlike typical intermediate terrace houses that often have dark, gloomy interiors as natural light is unable to pentrate the house, this three storey house in Serangeoon Garden is welcoming, spacious, brightly lit and full of greenery…..’
Hidden House wins the Golden Pin Award 2018 – Spatial Design Category
…’While conservation guidelines mainly preserve the building, the project aims to retain the typological essence of the Plantation Estate with 2 strategies – firstly, to compact all new structures to the north thereby leaving a large open field towards the south. Secondly, to conceal the new structures under layers of terracing “Green Platforms” making the conserved bungalow the only expressive object within the new landscape, hence preserving the view of grass fields bounded by the lush trees.’…
Screen House @ Coronation – An Ode To The Glass Block
Digital Planning Lab + Propeller (Collaborative Workstation)
Ms. Tay Yanling, founder of TA.LE Architects, featured in Construction + . She talks about her belief as an Architect and her design philosophy that guides the projects undertaken by our firm.
‘We set out to build our reputation on the quality of our designs and delivery of projects, as well as our attention to detail and passion for connecting people to their environment.’
GOLD AWARD for Best Workplace Design – URA Digital Planning Lab
SILVER AWARD for Best Retail Design – Le Petit Society Flagship Store
Our design for Digital Planning Lab is featured as High-Tech Interactive Green Office in d+a 100th issue!
Ms. Tay Yanling, founder of TA.LE Architects, interviewed in this article gave her take on the importance as well as challenges of bringing soil-based farming into the office environment.
Our design for Le Petit Society’s “In Real Life” Concept Store featured in the October issue of Construction+ !
We set out to create an environment that is delightful, comfortable and attractive for both children and adults in this Concept Store. Natural and different textured surfaces such as raw wood, fabric, metal and concrete were used to create a space that complements the merchandises in store.
Our design for LePetit Society ‘In Real Life’ Concept Store is featured in Home and Decor!
A minimalist, industrial-Scandi kidswear store in the CBD. To create a sense of wander and wonder, the boutique is peppered with triangular silhouettes and motifs that resemble mountains. Ta.le Architects also designed The Playpen, an angular structure made up of modular pieces; primarily used as a display case, it can be transformed into a cosy storytelling corner or a shoe-fitting area.
Our design for Social Service Institute (SSI) featured in the September 2017 Issue!
In response to SSI’s ethos of providing a holistic learning environment, the design strives to achieve borderless and collaborative learning, reaching out and community sharing through spatial planning that is sensitive to the environment and users’ requirements.
Our design for LePetit Society ‘In Real Life’ Concept Store is featured in DECORATIONS Magainze!
Ms. Tay Yanling, founder of TA.LE Architects, interviewed in this article spoke of the design of the store, which was founded on natural and variegated textured surfaces like raw wood, fabric and concrete to create a space that takes a step backwards for the colourful clothing lines to star in their own rights.
Our design for OUE Artling Paviliong Competition was awarded Honourable Mention!
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