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Title: STUDY OF SKY GARDEN UTILISATION IN RECENT HDB DEVELOPMENTS
Authors: NA HSI EN
Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
DTS
Master (Architecture)
Swinal Samant Ravindranath
2016/2017 Aki DTS
Issue Date: 9-Jan-2017
Citation: NA HSI EN (2017-01-09). STUDY OF SKY GARDEN UTILISATION IN RECENT HDB DEVELOPMENTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: With Singapore being one of the densest countries, there is a noticeable trend of residential towers growing taller to house the increasing population (Yuen, et al. 2006). Literature has revealed the potential negative social and health effects of high-rise living for prolonged periods (Wong, 2004). In response, studies reflect the importance of green spaces in alleviating the effects of high-rise living (Gifford, 2007). However, there is general underutilisation of roof gardens in HDB New Towns (Yuen and Wong, 2005). Based on the literature review, three main factors that affect the user satisfaction of roof gardens have been identified as accessibility, programming and design characteristics. In recent HDB developments, sky gardens are an integral part of the development (Yuen and Wong, 2004). Design strategies, such as the creation of “villages” in Skyville@Dawson and “streets in the sky” in Pinnacle@Duxton have been implemented with the aim of alleviating the social and health issues. This study examines the effectiveness of the design strategies, implemented in the sky gardens of these two HDB developments, in encouraging active usage and social interaction. The study was conducted through user surveys and site observations. These findings were then corroborated with those from the literature review. It was found that diversity in the scales and designs of spaces creates more opportunities for residents to use the sky garden. However, due to issues of privacy, direct visual connection between the residential units and the sky gardens should be avoided. It was also found that a rich and varied programme in the sky gardens can contribute greatly to the utilisation of the spaces and could potentially offset any inaccessibility of the sky garden. However, to maximise the potential of the sky gardens, the programme should be complemented by the accessibility and favourable design characteristics, such as the adequate provision of shelter and appropriate scale, of the sky gardens.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222322
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