More than 85% of Singaporeans live in public housing and wherever we go, we will see blocks of HDB flats. We call it our neighbourhood, our precinct, our cluster whichever way you call it, I will say that most of us are pretty proud of where we stay. The designs of HDB flats have evolved over the years and over the past months, I’ve been to different parts of Singapore (my work brings me there) and took some photos of how the HDB flats look like.
I like this block of flats in Yishun. Lonely but standing tall. The older flats in Singapore has a long stretch of void deck at almost every floor. I like this concept because you can always say “Hi” to your neighbours and you can feel the warmth, kampong spirit and close neighbourliness relationship.
Next its in Punggol. In Punggol, flats are built in clusters. Each cluster will have a rooftop garden linked to the blocks and depending on the design, if you are lucky, you will have direct linkages to the carpark. Rows of void decks are no longer part of the facade and what you see are the different units.
Lastly, its Pinnacle of Duxton and probably it brought the standard of design of HDB flats to its pinnacle (as the name suggests). They stand tall and modern blending in well with the surrounding buildings (the office towers and condominiums). These blocks of flats are so much taller than the existing ones (sending a secret message to all that they are the leader of all HDB flats).
Having seen the different designs of the flats, I can only say that its evolving fast to keep up with times, aspirations and developments surrounding it.