Singapore - November 7, 2016 - SCDA Architects is pleased to be the recipient of the first RIBA Award for International Excellence 2016 for SkyTerrace @ Dawson (Singapore). The RIBA Award for International Excellence is the first to be open to any qualified architect in the world. SkyTerrace joins just twenty other projects from around the world hand-selected by the RIBA Awards Group in recognition of its forward-thinking design, superlative execution and innovative contribution to the human and physical landscape.
SCDA was especially commissioned by Singapore’s Housing Development Board as a Build-to-Order (BTO) project in December 2009. SCDA’s response to this mandate was a design solution embodying three key ideas: housing in a park, connectivity to surroundings and multi-generational living. SCDA designed the architecture and landscape for SkyTerrace @ Dawson, marking it a holistic design project built to serve the needs of Singapore’s dense urban population. SkyTerrace welcomed its first residents in February 2015.
The design of SkyTerrace was informed by contemporary socio-cultural considerations and the immediate environmental context. Composed of five towers ranging from 40 to 43 stories, SkyTerrace is linked by aerial green bridges and is seamlessly connected to the surrounding greenery of Alexandra Canal Park with lush landscaping present throughout the complex. The configuration of the housing modules at SkyTerrace recreates a vertical multi-generational village, allowing for extended families across several generations to occupy interconnected loft units.
The landscape architecture of SkyTerrace is notable for creating dedicated green spaces in which social interaction and rituals are encouraged against a backdrop of rich biodiversity. SkyTerrace is further distinguished by its ecologically self-sufficient design which includes overhanging gardens, replanted trees and shrubbery, bioswales and rooftop irrigation tanks. For more information, visit RIBA Awards for International Excellence and SCDA.
Established 1995 by Founding Principal and Design Director Soo K. Chan, SCDA is a design studio seamlessly integrating architecture, interiors, landscape and product design to create holistic spatial experiences.