ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Yip Yuen Hong is the principal architect at ip:li architects, founded in 2002 together with Lee Ee Lin. Mr Yip has been practising architecture in Singapore for nearly three decades. Under the tutelage of the country’s pioneer architects including William Lim, Tay Kheng Soon and Liu Thai Ker, Mr Yip’s well-honed skills have enabled him to excel in a variety of projects, ranging from the interiors of commercial and retail outlets, private homes like 9 Leedon Park and 3 Lermit Road, as well as educational institutions like the Tisch School of Arts Asia, Singapore.
The firm approaches each project as a “crafted piece”. Careful considerations are given to the client’s request, site and climate opportunities, historical and contemporary influences, building control guidelines and technology. ip:li architects is sensitive towards merging the firm’s vision with the memory and soul of the original environment. Under Mr Yip, the studio has developed its own language in contemporary residential and tropical architecture. Utilising simple materials to create signature designs, Mr Yip often calls his residential projects “modern kampung houses”.
19 Sunset Place is the epitome of the studio’s design philosophy, and the result of Mr Yip’s vision and meticulous grasp of the client’s aspirations. Last year, he received the President’s Design Award for the residence he designed at 26 Cable Road. The studio continues to develop and stretch the boundaries of design, producing creative, elegant and economically viable architectural solutions.
Yip Yuen Hong’s advice for emerging designers:
“There is a lot to learn and understand from everybody and everything, in our youth and even in our old age. The key is not to believe everything we are told, and to always question and be observant. Above all, we must keep the child in us alive, and to look at things with playful eyes, laugh and never stop dreaming.”