Tampines GreenGlen and GreenCrest are 2 adjacent public housing projects located in Tampines Town, Singapore.
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Tampines GreenGlen & GreenCrest
Residential Architecture High-Rise Concept
Building & Research Institute, HDB
Building & Research Institute, HDB
Yeo Hock Chai, Chong Shyh Hao, Heng Cheng Sin, Vincent Phoen, Renee Tay, Goh Chee Kiong, Gregorius Gerry Purnomo, Leonard Cai, Chua Yong Kiat, Tan Kok Koon, Chong Li Li, Roy Yap, Ong Li Ping
©Housing & Development Board, Singapore
The site is close to Sungei Api Api canal and a linear park which runs between the two precincts, inspiring us to incorporate biophilic principles into the design. Lush greenery in the linear park forms part of a larger continuous ecological network of green spaces, flowing like a river connecting not just residents but also birds and butterflies to larger parks toward the south.
DESIGN CONCEPT – INSPIRATION FROM NATURE Unique site conditions of prominent green and blue elements inspired the concept “Valley of Life”. Akin to slopes in a valley, building forms cascade towards the linear park, reducing visual density of high-rise development. Roof gardens are also created at staggered buildings, providing unobstructed views to the surroundings as residents relax in tranquil gardens. WELLNESS & BIOPHILIC STRATEGIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Located in a tropical equatorial climate, constant high temperatures and abundant rainfall is prevalent. Residential blocks have been oriented to face North-South to prevent excessive heat-gain. They are also arranged in linear rows perpendicular to the park, creating “green fingers” that bring residents closer to nature. Deep canopies and slanted fins on building façades give extra sun-shading as well as rain protection. This strategy provides comfortable and liveable interior spaces for residents to enjoy. The canopies and fins also create a highly-textured façade, generating dynamic shadow patterns that reflects the rocky surfaces of cliffs. “Rivers” traverse through the development in the form of rainwater harvesting landscape features such as bioswales and rain gardens. Rainwater from the wet tropical climate is harvested on high points of the ‘valley’ like roof gardens. As rainwater flows downhill through the meandering gardens and swales, it is appreciated, beautified and cleansed. The clean harvested water is channelled into the urban water harvesting tank to be used for irrigation of plants within the development. Our landscape strategy aims to bring about healthy living through the experience of different scenes of the “valley”. Specific plants were chosen to attract biodiversity like birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Not only does this allow residents to live closer to and appreciate nature; the fauna in turn act as natural pollinators for the plants, allowing them to flourish in the ecosystem.
COMMUNITY-CENTRIC DESIGN The Multi-Storey Carparks (MSCP) are strategically sited along the edge of public roads as a noise buffer from surrounding traffic. Vehicle-free pedestrianised green spaces are also achieved by locating internal driveways away from the park. With vehicles tucked away, a serene precinct space conducive for various activities is created.
Within the tranquil spaces, communal facilities consisting of children’s playgrounds, adult fitness and elderly fitness stations creates a melting pot for all generations to gather and participate in active living. Coupled with the rich biodiversity and calming landscapes, residents could enjoy a lively and vibrant living environment.
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