Lim Chong Keat: Building Singapore and Malaysia

The key thing about being a Malayan or Malaysian architect is [… that] your architecture has to have an integrity and hopefully an originality.

Lim Chong Keat

Architect Lim Chong Keat co-founded the architectural firm Architects Team 3 (AT3), previously Malayan Architects Co-partnership (MAC), in the early 1960s. The firm’s work in the 1960s–’80s played an important role during the nation-building period in Singapore and Malaysia.

In this video, Lim Chong Keat tells the stories behind some of the most important projects designed by the firm, including the influential residences he designed in Singapore and Malaysia, the Singapore Conference Hall and Trade Union House, the Negeri Sembilan State Mosque, the Malaysia Singapore Airlines Building, United Overseas Bank Building, Development Bank of Singapore Building, and Jurong Town Hall. Lim also speaks of the mutually reinforcing relationship he had with Buckminster Fuller during his time in Southeast Asia. Archival materials related to all of these projects sit in the M+ Collection Archives.

Produced by M+
Producer: Ocean Pine
Curatorial Research: Shirley Surya, William Seung
Special Thanks: Lim Chong Keat