When high-rise living gets a lift

Data tracking vertical movement can help guide decisions on where to place amenities in high-rise buildings to foster interaction.

Singapore's very own Kampung Admiralty has earned the premiere accolade for architectural design - named Building of the Year at this year's World Architecture Festival. The winning design team at Woha Architects made creative use of the modest 0.9ha site with a 45m height limit, combining a sheltered plaza for community events with commercial spaces, a medical centre, and a community rooftop farm, along with childcare facilities and studio apartments for the elderly, all in a 12-storey complex.

This win gives a resounding stamp of endorsement to the idea that high-rise complexes can provide a comprehensive suite of synergistic amenities while offering good quality of living. More importantly, it is a strong signal of promising trends in the future evolution of Singapore's urban landscape.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 06, 2018, with the headline 'When high-rise living gets a lift'. Print Edition | Subscribe