Mondrian Singapore Duxton Deconstructs the Shophouse to Create a Contemporary New Cultural Experience 

World leading design provocateur Robbyn Carter and the Lion City’s DP Architects tap Singapore’s rich past, trade routes, green lungs and a sculptural approach to space to create a unique statement in design. 

Studio Carter, headquartered in LA, has teamed with DP Architects in Singapore to break bold new ground with a ‘deconstructed shophouse’ as the overarching design inspiration for the Mondrian Singapore Duxton. Rooted in Singaporean culture, the property rises above Chinatown’s colourful historical shophouses and looks to the future with its sweeping views of the CBD skyline. 

Principal and founder Robbyn Carter, who spent six years in Singapore living in a shophouse before returning to her native Los Angeles three years ago, has captured the soul of the Duxton Hill experience and transformed it into a new statement in design. 

“Duxton Hill is like nowhere else, it’s Singapore’s most happening district, it feels like a village with its preserved shophouses and eclectic mix of cocktail bars, restaurants and nightlife,” says Carter. 

Suneeth Changaroth of DPA explains, “As a nod to the rich history of Duxton, the façade design echoes the datum of scale and proportion of the adjacent shophouses, while common decorative elements are abstracted as architectural features. Mondrian Singapore Duxton’s overall façade is an attempt to imbue a minimalist and modern design adaptation that is true to its time, yet still responding and reflecting the traditional shophouse typology.” 

The seamless connectivity, built into the design of the development, extends the vibrancy of this precinct during the day and into the night. Significantly, the Mondrian public linkway running through the property for the first time connects the Duxton Hill neighbourhood with the surrounding bar and restaurant-filled streets of Keong Saik, Craig and Neil Roads.

With some of Singapore’s hottest operators opening new F&B concepts over the coming months, it will create a new culinary epicentre for food and drink lovers across the region. 

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