In the 50 years following its independence, Singapore has transformed itself to become one of the world's wealthiest nations. Hand in hand with this enviable economic development has been the ever changing nature of its built environment this small island nation's skyline boasts an impressive number of innovative buildings, designed by some of the world's top architects.
These buildings are not restricted to high-end commercial towers or developments to grab the attention of tourists. They include high density, residential developments aiming to give ordinary Singaporean families the benefits that principled architecture and design can bring to a project.
CapitaLand's The Interlace, designed by OMA/Ole Scheeren, led the way. Now the same developer has added the 38-storey Sky Habitat by Safdie Architects to its distinctive residential portfolio.
CapitaLand Singapore's CEO Wen Khai Meng says that, given the rise in lifestyle aspirations, homebuyers are including design attributes among the variety of factors they assess when looking for their new home.
"Architectural design is thus one of the various differentiators in Singapore's private residential market," he says. "For CapitaLand to stay ahead, we believe in continuous innovation and coming up with value-enhancing ideas, features and services in every aspect of the customer experience."
But it's not just about using design to establish a market position.
"At Sky Habitat, we wanted to give home buyers the opportunity to enjoy greenery at their doorstep and engage in recreational activities that would benefit their well-being," says Wen Khai Meng.