In building better homes for Singapore’s 5.6 million and growing population, the Housing Development Board (HDB) has been pushing themselves hard.
Smart homes. Green homes.
At the HDB Awards 2017, the 24 accolades were duly bestowed upon architect and construction firms who brought sustainability to the forefront. As part of Singapore’s push to be a smart nation, HDB has and will continue to leverage technology to ensure livability and sustainability. In planning for future concepts, green living with connectivity to amenities and recreational spaces are some of HDB’s main considerations.
Woodleigh Glen in Bidadari took home the Innovative Design Award this year. It features rain screens at strategic locations to keep temperatures just right for the residents. Woodleigh Glen is designed by HDB’s in-house team.
The Design Award for completed housing was awarded to ADDP Architects for their work on Waterway Cascadia in Punggol. An inspiration for the development came from the Punggol Waterway. And this can be seen in the buildings’ curvilinear river-like forms. HDB flats are now built more and more to look like private condominiums. Their design and functionality are carefully thought out to benefit residents.
HDB’s role in housing Singapore’s population in the 21st century
Building 732 units over 6 blocks at Hougang Meadow, China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co (CCDC) won the Construction Award. The company is lauded by not only HDB but also residents for their care towards their neighbors during and even after the construction process.
Moving into the 21st century, HDB intends to expand the use of smart technology to help them in the construction process as well as adapt their housing policies and designs.