“I think you need to, as an architect, understand the essence of a place and create a building that feels like it resonates with the culture of a place.”
– Moshe Safdie
Inspired by his iconic Habitat 67 in Montreal Canada, renowned Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie continues his campaign to redefine high density urban living with one of his latest projects in Singapore- Sky Habitat.
Located in the neighborhood of Bishan, a residential area in the suburban heartland of Singapore, this 38-story residential complex explores the balance of high-density living with humanistic concepts of community, landscape, gardens, cross ventilation and daylight. The development features 2 unique tower blocks which, rather than stand independently, are connected on 3 levels by platforms lined with vegetation and gardens referred to as skybridges. These bridges make the entire development one singular complex of decentralised terraced housing units that is able to respond to the tropical climate of Singapore while offering new kind of living experience. The entire development features a total of over 500 apartments ranging from 1 bedroom to 4 bedroom typologies each with at least one garden balcony, as well as basement parking for over 500 cars.
Heres a brief description of the design by the architects,
Sky habitat is able to offer maximum density and concentration while maximizing contact with nature, in a vast complex that is less of a giant singular mass or box but more of a village-like clustering of residential units, echoing hillside developments, with each of the units being well lit and ventilated with access to enjoying the outdoors on every level, a masterful integration of architecture and plant life into one singular experience. The development was completed in late 2015/early 2016.
Here’s a video that offers a great look at both the inside and outside of Sky habitat in the most engaging of ways, so though you’re not in Singapore, you can enjoy the experience of being there,… digitally.