Singapore, Architecture –
Singapore may be the only country in the world where PUBLIC HOUSING nestles next to star architects’ creations
Block 8 Empress Road, and D’Leedon by Zaha Hadid Architects
D’Leedon by Zaha Hadid Architects is a stone’s throw away from Block 8 Empress Road Housing Board (HDB) flats. D’Leedon’s petal-shaped plans reflect the surrounding greenery and nearby Botanic Gardens. Typical of Block 8 type Housing Board projects, sundry shops, clinics, hawker centre and wet market nestle on the ground floor below the 3-room residential units.
What to eat in the neighbourhood: Kong bak pau (braised belly pork with steamed buns) at Westlake restaurant, 4 Queens Road #02-139; you tiao (crullers) at #01-99 Empress Road Market and Food Centre, 7 Empress Road; Penang char kway teow at Penang Kitchen,1 Coronation Road; nasi lemak at Selera Rasa, Adam Road Food Centre, 2 Adam Road.
Block 5 Tanjong Pagar, and OASIA Downtown by WOHA and Patricia Urquiola
Housing Board (HDB) flat Block 5 Tanjong Pagar with its colourful laundry hanging out on poles, sits across the road of OASIA Downtown, an award winning hotel designed by WOHA.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awarded OASIA the “Best Tall Building Worldwide”, at their 16th Annual Awards 2018 ceremony in Chicago.
CTBUH Executive Director and Awards Juror Antony Wood: “This project won not only because it incorporates 60 stories of green walls along the exterior but because of its significant commitment to communal space. The tower has given over 40 percent of its volume to open air communal terraces in the sky.”
The colour-rich interiors that enhance the personality of the building are designed by renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola.
What to eat in the neighbourhood: Buttery croissants at Brasserie Gavroche, 66 Tras Street; bagels at Two Men Bagel House, 16 Enggor Street, #01-12 Icon Village Altez; good, elegant Italian at OSO Ristorante, 27th floor, OASIA Downtown, 100 Peck Seah Street; homestyle mee siam at Dor’s Nonya Place, International Plaza,10 Anson Road; Teochew Satay Bee Hoon, #02-47 Tanjong Pagar Food Centre.
Block 16 Ghim Moh Road, and The Star Vista by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas
The Star Vista in the background is a huge 62,000-sqm building that holds a 5,000-seat auditorium, shops, and food & beverage outlets. It is an organic entity that allows interaction with concert goers, shoppers, diners, pedestrians and office workers. To avoid confining and airconditioning public spaces as in many other buildings in the country The Star is shaped to collect the northerly and southerly breezes that stream through the outdoor spaces.
What to eat in the neighbourhood: Appom and dosai at Heaven’s #01-26; Yuan Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee (Margaret Drive) at #01-07, 20 Ghim Moh Road, Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre; Chicken Maryland and other colonial Hainanese favourites at Colbar, 9A Whitchurch Rd.
Story by Carol Kraal. Tanjong Pagar flat photograph by Susanna Fong; you tiao by Jason Wong; croissants courtesy of Brasserie Gavroche; D’Leedon, appom, Blk 16 Ghim Moh, chicken maryland photographs by Carol Kraal.