Soo K Chan

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Ideal Homes & Art - Main photo Aaron Po­cock

Back­ground: The 55- yearold Sin­ga­porean ar­chi­tect is the found­ing prin­ci­pal and de­sign di­rec­tor of mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary prac­tice, SCDA Ar­chi­tects, es­tab­lished in 1995. He is the re­cip­i­ent of nu­mer­ous awards, in­clud­ing the in­au­gu­ral Sin­ga­pore Pres­i­dent’s De­sign Award and two RIBA In­ter­na­tional Prizes.

Style: Tak­ing a holis­tic ap­proach, SCDA’S projects ex­press tran­quil­lity and calm­ness qual­i­fied by space, light and struc­tural or­der, pro­duc­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­ri­ors shaped by cul­tural and cli­matic con­sid­er­a­tions and in­te­grat­ing na­ture and wa­ter fea­tures that blur the line be­tween in­side and out­side.

Projects: Res­i­dences, a mu­seum, an art gallery, Na­tional De­sign Cen­tre and Rang Ma­hal restau­rant in Sin­ga­pore; One KL con­do­minium in Kuala Lumpur; Heeren Street Shop­house in Malacca; The Sanya Edi­tion ho­tel and res­i­dences in China; Alila re­sorts in the Mal­dives and Bali; and res­i­dences in New York City.­daar­chi­

“Au­then­tic­ity, sim­plic­ity, warmth and ele­gance are qual­i­ties I strive for in res­i­den­tial projects. A well- de­signed space is a bal­anced whole that brings peace as well as new en­ergy to its users.”

“Start­ing any de­sign project is sim­i­lar to dat­ing: there’s the pe­riod of get­ting to know the client and also the site. These re­la­tion­ships evolve through­out the project and it’s about know­ing when to push the lim­its of what is pos­si­ble while build­ing trust and sen­si­bil­ity. I be­lieve in­te­rior de­sign should be about celebration: it should bring joy to ev­ery­one who is part of the process. Each ma­te­rial has a feel­ing as­so­ci­ated with it and it’s up to us to paint with ma­te­ri­als to best com­mu­ni­cate that spe­cific feel­ing. Good res­i­den­tial projects should look and feel com­fort­able.”

One of Asia’s most ac­claimed ar­chi­tects, Soo K Chan (in­set) is a grad­u­ate of Yale Univer­sity. His many projects in­clude One KL (main im­age).

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