Park + Associates’ diverse and rapid growth

Lim Koon Park, founder and principal architect of architecture firm Park + Associates (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/ EdgeProp Singapore)
SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - Lim Koon Park, founder and principal architect of architectural firm Park+Associates, has rebranded himself a retired rockstar. This alter ego printed on his name card, the direct opposite of his own persona of a quiet, musing architect, is someone he aspires to be: “One of the things I’ve always felt when we started the firm is that there’s this weakness in me, doing marketing and sales. I’m not that strong in those... I wish I was a lot more rockstar-like.”
Lim founded Park+Associates in 1999, and the business has since expanded to include interior design services in 2005; and its youngest sibling, P+A Projects, set up in 2008, specialising in theme parks. The latter two are run by Lim’s partners.
The firm designed Nanyang Girls’ High School around its existing structure (Credit: Edward Hendricks/ Park + Associates)

A variety of projects

Park+Associates juggles a range of work: from public projects, condos, and showflats, to landed homes. One of the firm’s more recent projects is 1953, a freehold condo by Oxley Holdings at the corner of Balestier and Tessesohn Roads. The development, still a work in progress, comprises 72 units: 58 apartments and 14 strata commercial units. A melding of old and new, seven of its retail shops and nine residential units will be housed in a row of conservation shophouses while the rest of the units are part of a new six-storey development.
The design concept for the project was based on Bohemian Rhapsody, a song by British rock band Queen, shares Lim. “We have always been fascinated by this song. It has this interjection, because it’s a ballad, and then it jumps into a very old classical operatic overture, and then it goes back to rock,” he explains. This element was translated to 1953 in the form of a corner of the art deco facade for the row of conservation shophouses. “That was...