Enclosure: Temporal and Permanence of HDBs
The project focuses on questioning and redefining both the ‘void deck’ and the private domain (living spaces) using different levels of enclosure.
HDB is the main residential typology of Singapore. They are build and designed by the government, resulting in our lifestyle to be predetermined. This predetermined lifestyle does not suit everyone’s lifestyle and a change in HDB is needed.
The three different parts of the project, Temporal, Permanent and Infinite critiques on current HDB designs and brings up the possibilities on how different levels of enclosure might better suit to the needs of the different users.
Temporal Enclosure touches on how HDB’s Void Deck has too little enclosure and is a flat, cold and lifeless space, causing it to be a space of no human identity. It focuses on how it can enclose the void deck, yet being an open space and is able to physicalize the human identity of void decks into the spatial experience.
Permanent Enclosure touches on the aspects of how HDB is predesigned for 2 groups of users. Therefore, Singles and Families of 5 or more has many difficulties in finding a space suitable to them. Hence, Permanent Enclosure is the exploration on the possibilities on how HDBs living spaces can cater to these user groups and how it can also improve our spatial user experience through intangibles.
People are still in constant motion of seeking for a new home when there are changes in their way of living. Infinite Enclosure then focuses on how the concept is able to best possibly suit to the vast needs of different users and how the living space can grow together with the users.