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…

Stacey Leong Interiors updates the ground floor of an inter-terrace to fulfil the needs of its multi-generational residents

Stacey Leong Interiors updates the ground floor of an inter-terrace to fulfil the needs of its multi-generational residents

Walk through the ground floor of House 19 with its graceful minimalism, refined detailing and elegant restraint and one would never imagine it used to be vastly different. Transformed with the help of Stacey Leong Interiors, it is now a perfect reflection of its inhabitants’ lifestyles.  Over 15 years, the three-storey inter-terrace saw its residents increase to now house three…

A ceiling kept in its original state drives the design direction of this River Valley penthouse

A ceiling kept in its original state drives the design direction of this River Valley penthouse

Property agents often describe a house as having “good bones” when its current condition is not ideal but it possesses potential due to its inherent core qualities, structure and location. It was certainly the case with this River Valley penthouse designed by Inte Architects, which did not appear attractive initially because of its low ceiling and dark, claustrophobic feel.  But…

Wabi-sabi guided the transformation of this HDB flat by Kaizen Architecture

Wabi-sabi guided the transformation of this HDB flat by Kaizen Architecture

“I was honestly surprised,” says Melvin Keng, Principal of Kaizen Architecture, referring to the accolades heaped on his Terrace Flat project, featuring the transformation of a 1980s public housing apartment (HDB) in eastern Singapore. He shouldn’t have been. The project may be relatively modest in scale – a floor area of 100sqm renovated with a budget of $150,000 – but…

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 from the park of the…

This Geylang Lor 24A shophouse by Goy Architects melds modernism with regional craft and aesthetics

This Geylang Lor 24A shophouse by Goy Architects melds modernism with regional craft and aesthetics

Sometimes, Goy Zhenru of Goy Architects observes wryly, “design happens accidentally”. In the case of this bijou home in a handsome Geylang Lor 24A shophouse built in the 1920s, serendipitous design outcomes certainly occurred on more than one occasion during the course of its renovation. The clients – a young Singaporean couple relocating home after a stint in New Delhi…