Could HDB’s Woodleigh Glen in Bidadari represent the future of Singapore’s public housing?

Could HDB’s Woodleigh Glen in Bidadari represent the future of Singapore’s public housing?

Eight roof gardens, a façade design accented by bright orange fins and a sloping roofline. These are just some features of the newest residential precinct by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), Woodleigh Glen, set within the Bidadari housing estate. Pass by and it could easily be mistaken for a private condominium development when it is in fact public housing.  Built in late 2022, Woodleigh Glen is nestled off the junction of Upper Serangoon, Bartley and Braddell Roads, just a stone’s throw from Woodleigh MRT Station along the North East Line (NEL). Because of its location at a prominent junction, it appears that the HDB has put in extra care in ensuring the design of the precinct is not just liveable but also distinctive. With most HDB Build-to-Order (BTO) projects designed by external consultants today, Woodleigh Glen and the neighbouring Woodleigh Hillside stand out for the fact that they are designed in-house by the HDB’s very own Building and Research Institute (HDB BRI).  Notable HDB BRI projects from recent times include the four Punggol Northshore residential precincts as well as…

A wave-like façade makes Amber Skye by Mercurio Design Lab outstanding

A wave-like façade makes Amber Skye by Mercurio Design Lab outstanding

Amid the angular, block-like condominium towers in Singapore, one stands out from the rest. Amber Skye, with its curvy façade, breaks up the monotony and immediately alludes to its seaside location. The project was designed by Italian boutique practice Mercurio Design Lab, led by Massimo Mercurio. Standing tall along the East Coast and mere metres…