Photo by Kung Bernard
Public housing in Singapore is encapsulated by four words: ‘Housing & Development Board (HDB) flats’. These practical apartments optimise space and provide affordable housing for 80 per cent of the population.
Then there is Pinnacle@Duxton, which looks decidedly like a private estate but is in fact, public.
Built on the site of Singapore’s oldest HDB blocks, its design and construction is aimed at revitalising the area and commemorating its historical significance.
A design competition was held and won by two local architectural firms, who worked together to create simple and elegant residences, using precast technology.
Completed in 2009, the Pinnacle@Duxton stands out as an example of how HDB confronts the challenges of meeting housing needs in an urban setting, with innovative solutions that address the social, physical and economic issues of public housing.
Its seven 50-storey high towers rise as high as skyscrapers and are linked at the 26th and 50th levels by skybridges. It is the HDB’s first residential project with sky bridges connecting the towers.
High in the sky
Each skybridge is home to a 500-metre-long skygarden. In fact, a few records are set by Pinnacle@Duxton: the world’s tallest public housing buildings and longest sky gardens.
The development has also won many awards, including the 2010 Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as well as the President’s Design Award For Design of the Year 2010.
The 50th storey skybridge is open to the public. For a charge of $5, you can enjoy stunning views of the city.