Plystudio Architects is a design-driven architectural practice operating within the inter-related fields of interiors, architecture and urbanism. Founded in 2008 as Plystudio by Victor Lee and Jacqueline Yeo, the firm’s approach to design is informed and evolved through research, enquiry, positioning and differentiation. It constantly seeks to find innovative solutions arising out of the constraints from negotiating client needs, planning parameters and current forces. Whether it is in the design of an installation, an interior space, a building or an urban plan, Plystudio endeavors to approach design through such strategies.
Plystudio’s research into spatial and architectural types provides the theoretical and practical framework to fuel their design approach. Starting with the ordinary and the familiar in the built environment, they are interested in how to imbue new intelligence and function to be adapted and reused in new contexts. They seek to create typological derivatives out of the conventional, giving rise to new meaning and potentials, finding delight in a twist of the familiar. Likewise in practice, Plystudio believes in the notion of simple geometry that is reworked through systemic processes to achieve remarkable form and aesthetics. They would like to be known to produce an honesty of work which meets their client’s needs, no matter how modest the budgets.
Plystudio has received design awards both locally and in the region; most notably they have received top awards in the Hong Kong Designer’s Association’s Asia Design Awards and was a recipient of Perspective Hong Kong’s prestigious ‘40 Under 40 Award’ in the Architecture / Interior category.
Plystudio are known for their diverse portfolio of design work on both new and additions / refurbishment projects on residential, commercial, institutional and cultural spaces both locally and in the region. Plystudio recently won a competition to design the interiors of one of Singapore’s newest shopping malls with a focus on community and heritage along the Punggol waterway. They also designed and worked with local architects to complete a 40,000 sqft animation and film production studios in Batam, Indonesia which showcased the use of locally available building technology and materials.
Plystudio Architects currently provides a full architectural design and consulting services leading to spatial solutions for design-conscious environments. They believe every project comes with it a unique set of constraints and opportunities – their task is to setup the appropriate conceptual framework that guides the collaboration between designer and client.
Victor Lee and Jacqueline Yeo both trained at the National University of Singapore and went on to complete their architectural education at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London, UK.
They are registered architects with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) UK and the Board of Architects in Singapore, and have worked with award-winning architectural offices both in London and Singapore before setting up on their own. Having worked on projects of varying scales and types underlies Plystudio’s vast experience of work.
As a complement to practice both founders have sustained interests in propagating design through writing, curatorial and other critical efforts. In 2005 Jacqueline Yeo was part of the curatorial team for Singapore’s contribution to the 6th International Architecture Biennale of Sao Paolo, Brazil. She was also the Editor of the accompanying book entitled ‘699.1’. In the same year, Victor and Jacqueline hosted, curated and designed [WALLLESSLESSWALLS], a Singapore Design Festival open house event, turning their apartment into a public exhibition and installation space.
The practice also engages with architectural education as a theoretical platform to ground their work. From 2006 to 2009, Victor taught at the Department of Architecture in the National University of Singapore, running a 2nd Year design studio. He has also been a contributing writer for several local and regional publications.
Currently located in the Jalan Besar vicinity, Plystudio works in a creative, open plan studio-like environment. Our team of architects and designers also work with external collaborators such as architectural visualizers and custom fabricators. Apart from sketches, drawings and visuals as the typical modes of production of our architectural and design projects, the office also makes architectural scale models as a tool for design exploration and development.
Past Staff and Current Interns and Staff :
Tai Khai Ken
Ng Zhao Loong
Ng Hu Lin
Toh Hui Ping