Prefab construction has become so widely used that it’s now possible to precast a building as large as WOHA’s 960-unit Skyville @ Dawson housing complex in Singapore! The massive solar-powered city conceived as a socially-inclusive mixed use development recently broke ground and has already received Singapore’s highest certification for sustainable building design.

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WOHA’s three main objectives for Skyville @ Dawson include community, variety, and sustainability. The first is achieved with a series of communal spaces, including naturally rooftop terraces and even a 400 meter jogging track. Each village in the sky is comprised of 80 homes centered around a rooftop garden. Three of these makes up a block, of which there are four stacked on top of one another so that there are a total of 12 villages. Between them are covered outdoor spaces that promote interaction between community members.

Rooftop photovoltaic panels provide energy for all common areas, while passive design mitigates the need for air conditioning inside the apartments. Each room has a window, and low overhangs and specially-designed panels provide shading, direct ventilation, and allow windows to stay open even during the monsoon season. The entire community has a total of 1.5 hectares of green space and retail facilities, a supermarket, and a coffee shop are also available. WOHA’s design for Singapore hopes to ensure that a dense urban lifestyle needs to be neither stuffy nor alienating.


Via Arch Daily