Architecture and urban planning firm Jerde to open regional office in Singapore

Roppongi Hills in Tokyo (Credit: Jerde)
SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - Los Angeles-based architecture and urban planning firm, The Jerde Partnership, has announced plans to open a new office in Singapore later this year. The new office will be used as a launchpad to expand into Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
In fact, Jerde already has a presence in North Asia, having established offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The firm is behind the design of mixed-use, hospitality and retail spaces such as Langham Place in Hong Kong, Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, and D-Cube City in Seoul. Its recent project, the Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay in Hainan, China, is a MIPIM Asia Gold Award winner for Best Hotel and Tourism Development.
“Our firm has had great success in designing transformative projects throughout Asia. At this point, we see Southeast Asia holding great potential to expand our brand of architecture,” says Paul Martin-kovic, CEO of Jerde.
He cites Langham Place as an example of the value and placemaking experience the firm hopes to bring to Southeast Asia. Located in Mongkok, Hong Kong, the mixed-use development comprises a 42-storey hotel, a 59-storey office tower, and a 15-storey shopping and entertainment centre with more than 300 shops. The urban renewal project was completed in 2004 and costs HK$11 billion.
Martinkovic: We see Southeast Asia holding great potential to expand our brand of architecture (Credit: Jerde)
For this project, Jerde wanted to integrate Langham Place with the vibrant street culture in Mongkok. To this end, the development has multiple entry points at the street level and features a 60m-high grand atrium with views of...