As societies age, we face the challenge of housing our growing elderly population in life-affirming communities. How can we provide affordable housing and create spaces that foster community? How can these structures serve as frameworks that encourage independent ageing and active lifestyles?
As Singapore’s first integrated public housing development for seniors, Kampung Admiralty proposes a solution to these questions. Complementing the housing units for senior citizens are a mix of public facilities and services in this one-stop integrated complex. The 0.9-hectare site employs a layered ‘club sandwich’ approach, with a community plaza in the lower stratum, a medical centre in the mid stratum, and a community park with universally-designed apartments on top. These integrated services, as well as other social and commercial amenities, support intergenerational bonding, turning this development into the new heart of the community.
The project was completed in 2017, and residents have since settled comfortably into their apartments. These videos illustrate how residents inhabit, engage and interact with the Kampung Admiralty complex.
Designed by WOHA for the Housing & Development Board, the project was completed with the help of Ronnie & Koh Consultants, AECOM, Davis Langdon KPK (Singapore), Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl Singapore and Lum Chang Building Contractors.
WOHA was founded by Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell in 1994. The Singapore-based practice researches and innovates new architectural and urban solutions to tackle the problems of the 21st century. WOHA has accrued a varied portfolio of work and is known for its distinct approach to biophilic design and integrated landscaping.