what is the future of hdb living?
Established 60 years ago, HDB, Singapore’s public housing authority, has made huge strides in creating well-designed and sustainable homes. Our role has expanded and evolved over the years. We seek to build even better homes that address trends such as an ageing population, climate change, and technological disruption.
What might be in store for the next chapter of Singapore’s public housing story?
The Designing for Life exhibition showcases our vision and ideas in designing a better living environment, building homes and towns with smart and sustainable features, and the forging of closer communities for our residents.
Scroll to view our housing journey over the years and explore how we plan to design homes that enable you to Live Well, Live Smart, and Live Connected. We would like to engage you on our journey to shape the environment together.
Providing Basic Flats
On 1 February 1960, HDB was set up to address Singapore’s housing crisis. Flat designs were basic and functional to optimise space, keep costs low and allow for ease of construction. Our goal was to house as many people, within the shortest time possible.
Providing Facilities in New Towns
With more people resettled to modern flats, we expanded our role with the planning of comprehensive towns. Commercial, industrial, recreational, educational and transport facilities were planned for and developed in addition to housing, to provide a Live-Work-Learn-Play environment.
Planning Quality Living Environments
As HDB ramped up the development of towns, a new town structural model was established to guide planning. The precinct concept, comprising 7 to 8 blocks with about 600-800 flats, was also established to provide a more conducive environment for community interaction. A wide variety of recreational facilities for residents such as playgrounds, fitness corners, multi-purpose courts were located at each precinct centre.
Developing Places with Character
HDB began to give distinctive identities to towns, with new building designs and unique street architecture that leverage on the area’s heritage or topography, to foster town pride among residents. We also introduced upgrading programmes that gave older homes and towns a new lease of life.
Innovating For The Future
HDB pushed boundaries to build homes that are innovative, modern, and green. The 50-storey Pinnacle@Duxton, with several sky gardens, was developed during this period and remains HDB's tallest project. Treelodge@Punggol, our first eco-precinct and a living laboratory to test new ideas and sustainable technologies, was also launched. HDB also introduced new housing typologies and facilities such as 3Gen playgrounds and rooftop gardens.
Creating Sustainable and Smart Homes
HDB raised the bar and unveiled a new generation of public housing that are well-designed, sustainable, and community-centric. We also announced plans for our newest town Tengah, which will be Singapore’s first smart town, planned with smart technologies from the onset.