Not that he’s being a prima donna.
“It’s like a dating game,” he says. “The client and I have to be compatible,” explains the 59-year old veteran who founded eco.id Architects in 1996 and became a poster boy of Singapore architecture with an impressive portfolio of chic residences and resorts around the region.
He adds, “I don’t like designing speculatively, so we have to be aligned in our vision.” He has to get to know more about his potential clients – how they live, what their passions are and their aspirations for their home.
David Low, CEO of Futuristic Store Fixtures, knows Boon Yang’s strict criteria only too well. “I’d say we interviewed each other. He was careful about taking on clients, and I was also very selective in my choice of architect. Building a house is a long journey and if the partnership isn’t right, it would be disastrous,” says David.
“Matchmade” by a friend of Boon Yang’s, it was as if the duo had found their design soul mates.
Boon Yang says: “We are both obsessive-compulsive. And I appreciate that David comes from a craftsmanship background and he understands about craft and building, which is rare.” And the fruits of their relationship? A Good Class Bungalow (GCB) near the Singapore Botanic Gardens.