'Waterfall blocks' project among 24 to win HDB awards for design and construction

Blocks at Waterway Cascadia are arranged in curvilinear river-like strokes and stepped down in heights for a unique cascading effect.
Blocks at Waterway Cascadia are arranged in curvilinear river-like strokes and stepped down in heights for a unique cascading effect. PHOTO: HDB

SINGAPORE - A number of residents at Waterway Cascadia in Punggol get exactly what is promised in their precinct name.

About 30 per cent of the 1,009 units there have a view of the meandering Punggol Waterway, while another 45 per cent open up to a view of a landscaped deck that serves as a community space.

To do that, the project's design consultants, ADDP Architects, staggered the heights of the eight residential blocks - simulating a cascading waterfall - and orientated them in a way to maximise the views of the water body.

It is one of the many features that have earned the Build-to-Order (BTO) project, whose residents began collecting keys in December 2015, the top award for design work in Housing Board buildings.

In total, the architectural consultants and building contractors for 24 projects will gain recognition for their effort in a ceremony on Wednesday (Sept 6), the HDB said in a statement on Monday.

Besides capitalising on the precinct's views, designers for Waterway Cascadia also framed some units with "white boxes" on their facades, creating an eye-popping effect for the entire block when viewed from afar.

Architectural white frames interspersed with recessed balconies lend Waterway Cascadia a strong identity and character that distinguishes itself from other projects. PHOTO: HDB

This helps to give the estate a sense of identity and distinguish it from other estates, said architect Tan Kok Hiang, one of the jury members for the awards this year.

Another award-winning project is Keat Hong Pride in Choa Chu Kang.

The design of Keat Hong Pride pays tribute to the site’s military heritage,
with vertical fins on its façades resembling a parade review. PHOTO: HDB

It won its consultants, Surbana Jurong, a certificate of merit for its design. The project, built by Chiu Teng Construction, also clinched the top construction award.

The 1,143-unit project paid homage to its heritage as a former army camp, with vertical fins on the blocks' facades to resemble a military parade review.

Consultants also ensured seamless connections between the various community spaces by providing gentle ramps and link bridges.

The vast roof-top gardens above Keat Hong Pride's MSCPs are well-connected to all the blocks
and provide a myriad of play and exercise facilities for residents. PHOTO: HDB

Another project, Woodleigh Glen, picked up an Innovative Design Award in the "to-build" category.

The Bidadari BTO made the news on Sunday for one of its features - a structural wall-free layout that can accommodate residents' changing needs - which could be adopted in upcoming projects.

An artist's impression of Woodleigh Glen, a BTO project in Bidadari. PHOTO: HDB