23 projects win for good design and quality construction in annual HDB Awards

The design of Waterway Ridges is inspired by the Chinese shan-shui paintings, where nature and the built form are intertwined to create beautiful homes by the water.
The design of Waterway Ridges is inspired by the Chinese shan-shui paintings, where nature and the built form are intertwined to create beautiful homes by the water. PHOTO: SURBANA JURONG CONSULTANTS PTE LTD
At SkyVille @ Dawson, Sky Villages were introduced to encourage community bonding and a greener environment.
At SkyVille @ Dawson, Sky Villages were introduced to encourage community bonding and a greener environment. PHOTO: PATRICK BINGHAM-HALL
Keat Hong Axis exemplifies construction innovation and quality.
Keat Hong Axis exemplifies construction innovation and quality. PHOTO: CHINA CONSTRUCTION (SOUTH PACIFIC) DEVELOPMENT CO PTE LTD

SINGAPORE - Sky-high gardens where residents can meet neighbours and a "terraced" waterside landscape are among the design features for which 11 architectural consultants were recognised in this year's Housing Board (HDB) Design Awards.

Twelve construction firms also received the HDB Construction Award for quality construction.

One of the winning projects for design was SkyVille@ Dawson, by Woha Architects. The community-centric design includes the concept of "Sky Villages", with each cluster of 80 homes sharing one high-rise garden where residents can meet and mingle.


At SkyVille @ Dawson, Sky Villages were introduced to encourage community bonding 
and a greener environment. PHOTO: PATRICK BINGHAM-HALL

Surbana Jurong Consultants bagged four design awards, including one for Waterway Ridges on the bank of the Punggol Waterway. Built on a slope, the public housing project has blocks of different heights and orientation to create a terraced effect that maximises views of the waterway.

Besides new public housing projects, the HDB Design Awards also recognise upgrading of estates. Among this year's winners are two neighbourhood centres in East Coast which were upgraded under the Remaking Our Heartland scheme, and the upgrading project in Simei Street 1 under the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.

The HDB Construction Award winners include seven housing projects which received Conquas scores of over 90, above the national average of 88.5.

The Conquas or Construction Quality Assessment System score, by the Building and Construction Authority, reflects building aspects such as workmanship, structural works and mechanical and electrical works.

The other five winners for construction quality include three upgrading projects, the building of Tanah Merah Staging Ground, and a mechanised parking system.

The awards will be presented at the annual awards ceremony on Thursday (Sept 8).