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2017 National Architecture Awards: Australian Award for International Architecture

SkyVille @ Dawson by WOHA International Architecture: Australian Award Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

No building type needs more re-examination than affordable housing. This project for the Housing and Development Board in Singapore establishes a new typology. Located west of the Singapore city centre on the headwaters of the Singapore River, it adjoins a group of three older public/private highrise developments yet is distinctly different.

SkyVille prises the typical apartment block apart – resulting in pods of two one-unit-wide dwellings, giving effective cross-ventilation for every apartment. The structure achieves column- and beam-free plans, allowing flexibility and variation. Repetitive precast elements made construction of the forty-two- storey complex easier and every tenth floor is interconnected, creating open social and community spaces that capture views on alternate sides. Importantly, community spaces and rooftop terraces are open to the public. Apartments are organized into twelve villages with no internal corridors. Landscape is used throughout the sky villages and covers 50 percent of the roof surfaces in addition to 1.5 hectares of public garden.

SkyVille is wanted for its amenity and affordability. It was sold out immediately through a balloting system, selling for around half the price of a comparable private development. SkyVille demonstrates that through thoughtful and sustainable design it is possible to successfully reimagine affordable housing.


Project Team
Richard Hassell, Wong Mun Summ (principal architects), Pearl Chee (project architect), Chan Ee Mun (design architect), Nixon Sicat, Kwong Lay Lay, Dharmaraj Subramaniam, Ho Soo Ying, Lim Yin Chao, Ranjit Wagh, Sabrina Foong, Daniel Fung Khai Meng, Tan Yi Qing, Sivakumar Balaiyan, Dennis P. Formalejo
Builder Hor Kew
Civil consultant LBW Consultants
Electrical and ESD consultants BECA Carter Hollings and Ferner (S. E. Asia)
Landscape consultant ICN Design International
Quantity surveyor Davis Langdon KPK (Singapore)
Site details
Site type Urban
Category Residential buildings
Type Apartments, Residential, Tall buildings
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2017
Words: 2017 National Architecture Awards Jury
Images: Patrick Bingham-Hall


Architecture Australia, November 2017

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