DESIGN
PHILOSOPHY

GENOME ARCHITECTS PTE LTD

Architecture, Interiors
GA is an architectural practice whose interest in design transcends scale and program. To find an appropriate design methodology and to master material and dimension is to master design and, more importantly, the living out of a good design. Innovating good function and bespoke aesthetic are not mutually exclusive in our world.

GA’s works are strong, imageable visualizations of our clients’ briefs, which we help shape into individual expressions and brand identities, using the vehicle of universal laws of art, nature and science. Our work is about expressing the everyday essential encounters of space, light and nature, and all of its casual intelligence and wit uniquely through architectural design process.

Quality Space and Experience
It is our first and foremost interest to shape and create quality living, working, playing environments of any scale to serve any and all purposes. Prior to GA, principal architect Yen Yen Wu had worked on hospitality resorts, hotels and commercial offices in Singapore and overseas when she was an Associate at Eco.id Design Consultancy. Her projects then included JW Marriott at Koh Samui, Private Resort at Abu Dhabi and Marriott Hotel Pool Villas in Singapore. Yen had also worked with Hotel Intercontinental’s Hotel Indigo on project-basis as Consultant for neighbourhood and place-making design branding.

GA, as a practice, conceptualizes fresh and purposeful design concepts that are not restricted by program or budget. This includes:

  • Conceptualizing customized living environments for individual families
  • Conceptualizing various public and civic architectural designs
  • Conceptualizing interior design corporate identities for flagship stores, restaurants, offices and hotels

We have a current staff strength of five, compromising two qualified architects, two architecture executives with Masters degrees and a technical staff.

Genome Architects Pte Ltd is currently registered with Public Sector Panels of Consultants (PSPC) Panel 3 and is a Corporate Member of Singapore Institute of Architects. 
 

Design Philosophy
Genome Architects (GA) started practice in 2009 because Yen was fascinated with the phenomenon of natural and built environments. Our interest spans from the surprises of space making, to prototypical architectural solutions, to personal obsessions with craft and thought.

We draw from natural systems, numbers and codes that manifest in nature; social dynamic behaviours; and naturally formed habitats to provide us with methodologies on how we can also build our own man-made environments in pleasurable, intelligent ways. Like nature, architecture, too, is a materialisation of numbers and phenomenon; a manifestation of associative programs and story telling; a tactile understanding of materials and the process of making.

That our design generator is informed, in approach, through the lens of art-design-science, does not implicate biomorphic form-making nor green-scaping. Rather, genome is "the total amount of genetic information in the chromosomes of an organism, including its genes and DNA sequences. It represents all the inheritable traits of an organism." At GA, each project has these “traits” coded into the DNA of architecture through design, thereby closing the loop of thinking, making and living for us.
 

Awards
Shortlisted for Jury Visit in 2017 SIA Design Awards : Kwong Wai Siew Pek San Theng Columbarium Annex
Shortlisted for Jury Visit in 2016 URA Heritage Awards : 49 Blair Road
Awarded 3rdSIA Bathroom Design Awards 2015 Honourable Mention (Presented by Rigel Technology) 


Projects Featured in Media
2010: House at Tosca Terrace Featured in d+a magazine issue 055
February 2011: Crazyworld Café Featured in d+a magazine Issue 060
April 2011: Crazyworld Café Featured in The Business Times Weekend
April 2011: Tricolor Capital Pte. Ltd. Office Interior Featured in d+a magazine Issue 061
July 2011: The Orange Thimble Café Featured in The Business Times WeekendMarch 2012: Second Street House Featured in d+a magazine Issue 066
March 2012: Second Street House and Swiss View House Featured in archello.comJuly 2012: Sunset House Featured in Straits Times Life! Section
July 2012: Sunset House Featured in Habitus Living Online, Australia
August 2012: Jalan Ketumbit House Featured in d+a magazine Issue 069
October 2012: Jalan Ketumbit House Featured in TODAY newspapers, Singapore
October 2012: Terang Bulan ‘Bubble House’ Featured in Cubes Indesign Online
November 2012: Swiss View House Featured in d+a magazine Issue 067
November 2012: Allscript Flagship Store Featured in Straits Times Life! SectionDecember 2012: Sunset House Featured on cover of Dwell Asia Magazine
December 2012: Sunset House Featured in The Peak Selection: Domain Magazine Issue 06
December 2012: GA Company Feature in Inside/Outside: The Indian Design Magazine Issue 330
January 2013: Jalan Ketumbit House Featured in Inside/Outside: The Indian Design Magazine Issue 331
April 2013: L’Espace Sante Salon Featured in d+a magazine Issue 073
June / July 2013: L’Espace Sante Salon Featured in Cubes Indesign Magazine Issue 062
August 2013: GA Company Featured in TODAY Newspapers, Singapore
August 2013: Jalan Mat Jambol House Featured in d+a magazine Issue 075
September 2013: GA Company Featured in Cubes Indesign Magazine, one of three New Generation of Singapore Architecture Firms
October 2013: Exo-House at Thomson Fulton Selected to take part in Archifest 2013 – Architour, Singapore
October 2013: Exo-House at Thomson Fulton Featured in d+a magazine Special Edition, Singapore Uncommon Houses
August 2014: GA Company Featured in Singapore Architects Magazine Issue 282
August 2014: Golden Ratio House at Bishan Featured in d+a magazine Issue 067
September 2014: Golden Ratio House at Bishan Featured in Straits Times Life! Section
October 2014: Golden Ratio House at Bishan Featured in Singapore Architects Magazine Issue 283
October 2014: GA Company Featured in d+a magazine Special Edition, Driven by Design: 21 young firms in Singapore and Malaysia to watch out for
October 2014: The Wall House at Serangoon Gardens Featured in the Business Times
May 2015: The Front-Back House at Holland Road Featured in the Business Times
October 2015:Golden Ratio House at Bishan takes part in Archifest 2015 – Architours
November 2015: 2 Multi-Generation Houses at Lantana Avenue Featured in d+a magazine Issue 088
January 2016: 2 Multi-Generation Houses at Lantana Avenue Featured in Straits Times Life! Section
May 2018:  Heritage Re-defined. Blair Road Conservation Shophouse Featured in the Business Times
May 2018: Singapore Pavilion at Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition 
Featured in Straits Times on 4 May 2018, Business Times and 聯和早報
July 2018: Indesignlive.sg Feature of Singapore Botanic Gardens Bukit Timah Visitor Pavilion and EcoLake Boardwalk.
Nov 2018: Genome Architects Explore A Different Design Approach to Prefab Construction, Indesignlive.SG
Dec 2018: Best Practice: Learning from Others, Swiss Club GCB Feature in d+a magazine
Dec 2018: Studio Feature Genome Architects, in The Singapore Architect
February 2019: All in the Details, Feature of Begonia House in Home and Décor Magazine
March 2019: Finding Solace in Simplicity: Resting Green Columbarium Feature, The Singapore Architect
March 2019: The Chic Home: Blast from the past, inspired by black-and-white colobnial house, Feature of Begonia House in The Straits Times


GA Projects so far include:

International Architecture and Design

Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition 2018

Co-curator and Co-Exhibition Designer of Singapore Pavilion “No More Free Space” at VBIAE 2018, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

 

Civic

UNESCO Heritage Singapore Botanic Gardens: New Visitor Kiosk and Boardwalk at Eco Lake, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bukit Timah Core (Completed)

Singapore Pavilion at Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition 2018 (Completed)

Pilot Specialty Community Center, imPAct  at Hong Lim Park with People’s Association (Completed)

Resthouses along Siloso Beach and Palawan Beach, Sentosa, Singapore (Completed)

Office Expansion for MSF, Early Childhood Development Agency at Cuppage Road (Completed)

Religious

Annex to Pek San Theng Temple and Columbarium at Bishan (Completed)

Urban Studies

Neighbourhood Storyboard Branding for Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hotel Indigo Dubai
Neighbourhood Storyboard Branding for Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hotel Indigo Kuala Lumpur

Commercial

Mixed Use High-rise Co-Living Apartments, Commercial and Co-working Communal Areas, Retail Development (Ongoing)
Feasibility proposal for High-end Residential Development at Gurgaon, Delhi, India
Feasibility proposal for Residential Tower Apartments at Sarkies Road, Newton
Feasibility proposal for Flagship Heritage Boutique Hotel at East Coast Road
Feasibility proposal for Affluent Banking Branch for Foreign Bank at Holland Village
Feasibility proposal for Footprints Flashpacker Hostel at Boat Quay
Feasibility proposal for Flagship Restaurant 'chu lounge
Flagship cafe for Crazyworld at Temple Street (Completed)
Flagship cafe for The Orange Thimble Café (Completed)
Flagship concept store for Franz (Completed)
Flagship concept magazine store for Allscript Media (Completed)
Office Interior for Kim Eng Securities (Completed)
Office Reception Interior for Systech (Completed)
Office Interior for Tricolor Capital Pte. Ltd (Completed)
Office Interior for Cobham Communications & Connectivity (Aeroflex Singapore Pte Ltd) (Completed)
Flagship restaurant for Table24 at Temple Street (Completed)
Flagship Store for Retail MC spa and treatment center at Tampines and Jurong Point (Completed)
Dr Scinn Medical Center & Medispa at Triple One Somerset (Completed)
PHS Hair Salon and Treatment at Wheelock Place (Completed)
Lian Beng Construction Holding Board Room and Lounge (Completed)
PHS Hair Salon and Treatment at Plaza Singapura (On-going)

 

Conservation

Conservation Shophouse Residence at 49 Blair Road (Completed)
Conservation Shophouse Residence at 30 Blair Road (Completed)
 

Residential Architecture 

Residence at Sunset Square (Completed)
Residence at Swiss View (Completed)
Residence at Bridport Avenue (Completed)
Residence at Second Street (Completed)
Residence at Jalan Ketumbit (Completed)
Residence at Fulton Road (Completed)
Residence at Jalan Greja (Completed)
Residence at Terang Bulan Avenue (Completed)
Residence at Jalan Mat Jambol (Completed)
Residence at Tosca Terrace (Completed)
Residence at Jalan Binchang (Completed)
Residence at Portchester Avenue (Completed)
Residence at Lakeshore Avenue (Interior) (Completed)
Residence at Frankel Avenue (Completed)
Residence at Johor Bahru (Completed)
Two Residences at Lantana Avenue (Completed)
Residence at Holland Road (Completed)
Residence at Chu Lin Road (Completed)
Residence at Hillview Crescent (Completed)
Residence at Sunbird Road (Completed)
Residence at Thomson, Lanjut (Completed)
Good-class Bungalow Residence at Swiss Club Road (Completed)
Good-class Bungalow Residence at Ewart Park (A&A Completed)
Residence at Chiselhurst Grove (Completed)
Residence at Coronation Road (Completed)
Residence at Vanda Drive (Completed)
Residence at Eng Kong Road (Completed)
Residence at Robin Road (In progress)
 

Residential Interiors
Residential Interior at Holland Grove Drive (Completed)
Residential Interior at Begonia Drive (Completed)
Residential Interior at Cairnhill Road (Completd)
Apartment at Eng Hoon Street (Completed)
Apartment at Chuan Park (Completed)
Apartment at Bishan (Completed)
Apartment at Newton (Completed)
Apartment at Sentosa Cove (Completed)

Exhibitions
Installation for JUNG (Asia) at The Project at Reddot Museum, Singapore Indesign Event 2014