SkyVille@Dawson and SkyTerrace@Dawson are two Build-To-Order (BTO) projects in the mature estate of Queenstown. Together with Yishun (a middle-aged estate) and Punggol (a young estate), Queenstown is one of the first estates to undergo the Housing and Development Board’s (HDB’s) “Remaking Our Heartland” initiative mooted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his 2007 National Day Rally speech. These estates are envisioned to be rejuvenated with first-class living homes within thriving community environments.
In 2008, HDB appointed SCDA Architects and WOHA Architects to design SkyVille@Dawson and SkyTerrace@Dawson respectively. The projects incorporate aspirations for homes set in lush greenery (a “housing in the park” concept), and boast of column- and beam-free apartments with flexible layouts and multigenerational living schemes.
Launched in December 2009, the 1,718 units available were almost 12 times oversubscribed. Located near the city centre, and built with better design and finishes, these premium flats cost more than other BTO projects that were launched concurrently. Starting prices for studio apartments, three-, four- and five-room flats were S$112,000, S$280,000, S$373,000 and S$532,000 respectively.
SkyVille@Dawson is a 960-unit development comprising three 46-storey towers that connect laterally with sky bridges. Each tower is a stack of four “sky villages” comprising 80 homes. Units in each “sky village” look onto and share a naturally ventilated community terrace and garden. Community spaces are plentiful on the ground floor, where community living rooms and a landscaped park sit amid enormous rain trees. Gardens occupy every 11th floor, and the roof garden features a 400-metre jogging track. Apartments have flexible layout schemes with three different floor plans for each type of flat. Buyers can opt for a unit with a bigger living room but fewer bedrooms, or more bedrooms with a smaller living room.
SkyTerrace@Dawson is 758-unit development made up of five towers of 40 to 43 storeys that sit atop a parking podium. One of its key features is the multigenerational units where each studio apartment is fitted with a connecting door that opens into the upper level of a four- or five-room loft flat. The 65 multigenerational units enable ageing parents and their children to live beside each other while affording them privacy. The 179 high-ceiling loft units, suitable as home offices, are another key feature of the development.
In 2010, the two architectural companies for the Dawson developments won the HDB’s “Innovative Design” award. In 2011, the Dawson developments received the Green Mark Platinum Award, the highest accolade for green buildings in Singapore given by the Building and Construction Authority. Both developments are nearly 100-percent precast-concrete and thus minimise on-site wastage, as each flat was fabricated as a set of modules before being fitted into place. They also adopt passive systems over energy-intensive solutions, using natural ventilation and sun shading to keep common areas and apartments cool. Rooftop solar panels generate power for common areas. A system of rainwater harvesting and filtering has also been integrated into the landscaping, taking advantage of Singapore’s high rainfall.
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