Singapore: The Punggol Waterway Terraces, a sustainable urban oasis

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Group8asia has recently taken first place in a competition meant to revive the concept of public housing in Singapore.

The Punggol Waterway Terraces, so named for the river on which they’re set, will be a sustainable community that aims to echo the utopic exuberance of Singapore’s first housing developments in the 1970s. Arranged around central courtyards, these high-rise apartments hope to create a sleek, graceful skyline that contrasts with the verdant greenery of their landscape.
The masterplan for the housing development covers a site area of about 70,000 square meters, creating 1,876 residential units. Landscaping plays a large part in the development’s design; large, hexagonal voids within the structure provides garden space that can be seen and shared by the building’s community. The terracing of the buildings themselves is meant to resemble the mountainside rice fields that are so common across Asia. This design choice also allows for even more garden space on the buildings’ rooftops.

Punggol Waterway Terraces is currently under construction.

Competition: International Competition for Singapore Public Housing
Award: First Prize
Project Name: Punggol Waterway Terraces
Architects: group8asia
Location: Punggol Waterway, Singapore 822313
Area: 225000.0 sqm
Year: 2015

Source: ArchDaily

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