SkyTerrace @ Dawson is a fresh and innovative project that provides a solution for public housing in Singapore with a specific focus on the concept of multi-generational living. It surprises with a sophisticated image that is usually associated with private housing.
The various loft and studio units are put together in a way that is functional, and that also contributes to the formal language of the design. The ground plane is skilfully integrated with the adjacent park. Through the strategic use of sky terraces and roof gardens, there is a conscious effort to make green spaces accessible even to tenants living on the highest levels.
The architects have designed a prefabricated concrete structure that is very elegant and fluid. In doing so, they have managed to overcome many of the limitations of this technology to create a building that is very well detailed and executed.
The Jury commends SkyTerrace @ Dawson as an exemplar for future public housing. It fulfils the high density requirement in an increasingly land-scarce Singapore, while creating high quality architecture that addresses pressing demographic issues.
Oon Jin Aik
SCDA Architects Pte Ltd
SkyTerrace @ Dawson, a development comprising five residential towers of 40-43 storeys each and a four-storey linear car-park podium, results from the rethinking of the Singaporean public housing model. It is a paradigm shift that pushes the Housing and Development Board's model of functionalism towards a model that encourages more communal and multi-generational living.
Located in Dawson Estate, the project is injected with green swathes, whilst being connected to its surroundings. The Alexandra Canal Linear Park runs along its southern boundary. The green concept is expanded with the introduction of lush landscaping on the ground plane. This feature travels up the building facades in the form of green terracing, roof gardens and green sky terraces that span the towers, thus providing residents with an immersive 'housing in a park' experience.
The most distinctive feature of SkyTerrace @ Dawson is its understanding of the changing demographics and lifestyles of Singaporeans. The interconnected loft units are specifically designed to allow four- or five-room loft units to be conjoined with a studio apartment (ostensibly for elderly parents), thus enabling and reinforcing the idea of multi-generational living.
The project also showcases its sustainable design sensitivities by featuring design technologies like drip irrigation, rainwater harvesting, bio-retention basins and solar energy systems. These measures earned SkyTerrace @ Dawson a Green Mark Platinum status from the Building & Construction Authority, the Active Beautiful Clean Waters Certification from the Public Utilities Board, alongside a Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework certificate by the National Parks Board.
In understanding and responding to the systemic issues in public housing, SkyTerrace @ Dawson sets a new standard for public housing developments. Without a doubt, it is worthy of being recognised by the industry and associated practices.