The face of Singapore’s innovative new public housing Skyville@Dawson, is a holistic community precinct. The Margaret Drive site was a scattering of low-rise public housing, the first satellite town built in the 1960s to house a burgeoning population. Fifty ensuing years aged it dramatically, highlighting the need to redevelop the old estate through planning, community space creation and engaging place making. Its re-development addresses increasing and aging population, demand for new quality housing and growing desire for green places.
Skyville delivered these by innovating further Singapore’s proven high density building approach. Within its 47 storeys; the strata network of landscape are extensive with sky gardens at key levels through the tower blocks, a large landscaped roof covering the entire carpark, and topped off with a recreation park linking each tower apex. Communities are created around “sky villages”, defined by the horizontal ‘green’ layers nestling between one. Social gathering is enhanced in these spaces, allowing visibility and personal recognition at lobbies, eating outlets, overlooking plazas and green spaces for healthy recreation.