Singapore-based DP Architects has played a significant role in shaping Orchard Road’s present form. Since the practice’s establishment in 1967, it has designed, retrofitted and reworked nearly thirty projects on Orchard Road, oftentimes reinterpreting the same building several times over a period spanning two or three decades. These projects cumulatively represent over one million square metres of mixed-use commercial space – a rare example of the comprehensive, long-term influence of a single design firm on an urban centre.
Orchard Road in Singapore is one of the world’s foremost retail and fashion shopping streets. Receiving upwards of seven million visitors annually, it is a foundational element to Singapore’s city fabric and national economy as a popular streetscape wholly devoted to the pedestrian and customer.
DP Architects on Orchard Road records a history of Orchard Road, discussed in the context of Singapore’s development as an island-nation. Using this framework as both precedent and point of departure, it presents, in-depth, a selection of retail shopping centres completed by DP Architects between the years 2003 and 2012. It addresses the firm’s four decades of work as a continuum of evolving design ideas that have contributed to Orchard Road’s transformation into one of Singapore’s – and Asia’s – great urban spaces.
002 Preface / Fumihiko Maki
004 Foreword / The Presence and Potential of Orchard Road-Kenneth Frampton
010 Introduction / DP Architects on Orchard Road
022 Part 1 / A Contextual History
072 Part 2 / Contributions DP Architects
Ç186 A Global Presence: Retail Project Worldwide
188 Our People
Publisher: Images Publishing
Author: Collin Anderson
Preface: Fumihiko Maki
Forward: Kenneth Frampton