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Interlace condominium and Gardens by the Bay top BCA Universal Design Mark Award

Published on May 11, 2014 6:42 PM

Making a building user-friendly is not just about having ramps or handrails, but also helping people find their way about and giving them spaces to relax. These principles of "universal design" are captured in the 31 projects being awarded the Building and Construction Authority's (BCA) Universal Design Mark this year.

"In the past, you concentrated on wheelchairs and Braille," said Mr Chin Chi Leong, director of BCA's building plan and management group. "Now... (it's about) making our built environment more friendly to everyone."

CapitaLand condominium The Interlace, for instance, has many landmarks and distinctive features in its courtyards to help visitors and residents navigate. It is one of two projects which achieved a Universal Design Mark Platinum - the highest possible award - this year. The other is Gardens by the Bay.

Judges lauded its maps and signs, as well as family-friendly facilities such as nursing rooms. Both developments also do well on accessibility, of course.

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