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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Sky Habitat in Singapore by Safdie Architects

 
February 20th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Safdie Architects

Located in the neighborhood of Bishan, a residential area in the suburban heartland of Singapore, this 38-story residential complex explores the balance of high-density living with humanistic concepts of community, landscape, gardens, and daylight.

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

  • Architects: Safdie Architects
  • Project: Sky Habitat
  • Location: Singapore
  • Photography: Edward Hendricks
  • Project Design: Moshe Safdie
  • Project Principals: Charu Kokate, Jaron Lubin, Greg Reaves
  • Project Team: Howard Bloom, Chris Guignon, Jennifer Hardy, Dan Lee, Damon Sidel, Temple Simpson
  • Executive Architect: DCA Architects Pte Ltd
  • Landscape Architect: Coen + Partners, USA
  • Executive Landscape Architect: Coen Design International, Pte Ltd Singapore
  • Structural Engineers: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Squire Mech Pte Ltd
  • Client: CapitaLand
Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

  • Land Area: 130,000 square feet
  • Status: Completed
  • Completion: 2015
  • Program: Mixed-Use Residential. 509 residential units spread over 38-story blocks.
  • Amenities: Recreational facilities, including a 50-metre lap pool, leisure pools, children’s pool, a play area, tennis court, barbeque pits, karaoke rooms, function room and gymnasium.
Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Breaking down the scale of typical singular tower residential development, the community- based solution of Sky Habitat is a three-dimensional matrix of homes with private terraces, balconies, and common gardens, bringing landscape into the air and maintaining porosity on the skyline. The complex’s strong stepped form recalls the community texture of ancient hillside developments and provides for lush vertical greenery, multiple orientations relative to the sun, naturally ventilated units, and generous views, all without compromising planning or structural efficiency.

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Three bridging sky gardens link the two stepping towers and create a series of interconnected streets, gardens, and terraces in the air, which provide a variety of areas for common recreation and congregation. As a result, the overall mass is porous and open, allowing breezes to flow through and daylight to penetrate deep into the structure. The stepping geometry allows every residence multiple orientations and a private outdoor space, resulting in a more humane and delicate urban fabric.

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

At the ground plane, above a sunken parking podium, more than 70 percent of the site is developed into a series of lush gardens, which offer additional outdoor event areas, swimming pools, a tennis court, and walking paths.

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks

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