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Punggol Waterway Terraces, a sustainable residential complex in Singapore

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The residential complex Punggol Waterway Terraces is an example of sustainable living unit, which emphasizes a philosophy of social identity and pride of Singapore.

The project for construction of Punggol Waterway Terraces was made by the architectural bureau “group8asia” and it draws the attention to the future, but at the same time it is referring to the past.

The project Punggol Waterway Terraces establishes a strong dialogue between the past and future of Singapore and aims to restore the social image and open the field for research of a new generation of economical residential homes. This architectural design studio “group8asia” became the first foreign architectural bureau that designed public housing facility in the South Asian city-state, while offering an object with style and character that is essentially an homage to the first generation of residential units of this type.

The facade of the building, with cascades formed by the gardens on the roofs is made with the idea to emphasize the connection of the new architecture with the traditional culture and history of Singapore. Therefore the expression of the exterior facade mimics the look of the Asian rice terraces. The shape and orientation of the complex, as well as the way it is done with wide cascade terraces exploit the natural flow of air and the sun in order to provide natural ventilation and lighting and thereby minimize absorption of heat.

Seen from an aerial perspective, the object has hexagonal shape and symmetrical distribution of the units. Punggol Waterway Terraces is a superbly executed modern residential complex that has a national history and acts as an urban oasis in the residential district Pungol in Singapore.

(Photo Credits: Patrick Bingham-Hall)