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Threshold & Transition

Threshold & Transition

A continuation from Voids from Boundaries:   In an urban landscape, the construction of buildings will always result in in-between spaces, which will eventually become part of the landscape, despite being planned or unplanned, and even though their boundary may be undefined. The way these in-between spaces are designed, conceived, constructed and used, directly affects...
Voids from Boundaries

Voids from Boundaries

  The construction of space is always obsessed with the interior and exterior qualities, but often lacks consideration for in-between spaces. Take for example, the office buildings in cities, where the edge condition is often one of two scenarios; either the two buildings abut each other without an interface, wall to wall, or, an alleyway...
Reclamation of Ambiguous Space

Reclamation of Ambiguous Space

  The ‘common’ void deck, when not in use for large public events such as funerals or weddings, is largely a long cuboid hall; except for the columns or walls at every 6m interval. How this space is constantly transforming between different usage for recreation, weddings, funerals and other uses, is a result of the...
Communal Work for a Community

Communal Work for a Community

In more ways than one, the void deck has come to be seen as a symbol representing community life in public housing in Singapore. However, this symbol has varied interpretations amongst a different demographic, where it means play space to kids, it is also a place of celebration and mourning to others. For some, it...
Voids in the Deck

Voids in the Deck

Once, where the void deck stood as one of the primary requirements and characteristics of public housing blocks in Singapore, and part of the pillars of community bonding, today, new typologies experiment with creating a community, without the void deck. One such example is the Treelodge @ Punggol. Comprising of several blocks with 15 storeys...
Void Deck Community in Transition

Void Deck Community in Transition

In Singapore, blocks of Housing Development Board(HDB) flats make up much of the urban grain of the city. Community spaces are designed for; nothing is left to the imagination or to spontaneity. Context The speed at which urbanization and development has taken place in Singapore has had largely positive impact on the economy and quality...

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