Paya Lebar Quarters

BCI Asia Awards Top 10 Singapore Architect 2021

The revitalisation of Paya Lebar Central is part of Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) decentralisation strategy to bring business outside the city centre and to create jobs closer to homes. The design vision of Paya Lebar Quarters (PLQ) was to create an inviting urban environment that is abuzz with activities in order to reinforce Singapore’s position as a business-friendly and economically viable city.


The historical context of the site and diverse communities of Geylang, Joo Chiat and Tanjong Katong became the design inspiration. Historically, it was a melting pot of exchange of goods and services, with materials and cloth being one of the major items of trade. Therefore, Songket patterns were used as motifs for the development. The geometrical permutations were woven into the development with gold and silver accents to resemble the traditional brocade. This, combined with landscaping and night-lighting, created a holistic public realm experience that celebrates the cultural influences of the area.

Project Name
Paya Lebar Quarters
10 Paya Lebar Road, PLQ Mall, Paya Lebar Quarter, Singapore
Completion Date
February 2020 (Phase 2)
Site Area
4 hectares
Gross Floor Area
1.8 million square feet
Building Height
8-14 storeys
Architecture Firm
DP Architects
Principal Architect
Angelene Chan
Civil & Structural Engineer
Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Meinhardt Singapore Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor
Lighting Consultant
Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Landscape Architect
Grant Associates
Green Building Consultant
Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Management Contractor
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