Designing comfortable housing that doesn't require a ton of energy in equatorial Singapore is a challenging feat, but group8asia have risen to the task by creating an eco-friendly high-rise complete with passive ventilation and luscious green roofs. Incorporating vintage design with modern curves, Punggol Waterway Terraces offer both sustainable living and one heck of a view.
The tropical climate and dense urban area of Singapore demands housing that accommodates both factors. Each phase of this project’s planning takes into consideration the need for low-environmental impact cooling needs, down to which direction the buildings face. The Terraces feature apartments facing the distinct bisecting waterway and adorned with rippling Juliet balconies, which mimic casual waves on the buildings’ facades.
Cross-ventilation was prioritized all throughout the design, creating a passive climate-controlled environment. Continuous, open corridors allow air to cool the tropical location and provide plenty of natural sunlight for residents. The project also features both solar panels and green roofs as the cherries on top of the sustainable gem. As the architects say, this project “is a genuine precursor to the zero-energy mass housing that will be essential for the continued growth of Asia’s cities.”
Images via Patrick Bingham-Hall