30 Apr '16, 4am
group8asia completes punggol waterway terraces in singapore
looking to the future whilst looking back to the past, the ‘punggol waterway terraces’ by group8asia form a blueprint for 21st-century sustainable mass housing and mark a return to singapore’s original ethos of community pride and identity. the original SIT public housing blocks were tropical adaptations of contemporary clean-lined modernism. as they were designed well before the advent of air conditioning, the apartments required cross-ventilation, they were shaded by overhangs and were orientated to avoid the heat of the afternoon sun. when the first large-scale HDB blocks were built in queenstown in the early 1970s, that ‘tropical-necessity modernist-design’ architectural hybrid symbolised a newly independent singapore.