The High Life: Moshe Safdie Completes Sky Habitat in Singapore

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Moshe Safdie is renowned for conceiving radical solutions for high-density residential projects, and the architect recently added another unusual scheme to this section of his portfolio. Safdie’s firm has completed Sky Habitat, a pair of apartment towers in Singapore linked by three aerial “streets.”

Safdie’s Bishan housing development attempts to break free from the perceived drawbacks of Le Corbusier’s “towers in the park” strategy, which can lead to residents feeling physically and socially distant from communal public spaces at the foot of high-rise blocks. The bridging walkways are landscaped with planting and seating, allowing people all the way up each tower to gather and relax without ever having to return to the ground.

Framed by distinctive steel trusses, the uppermost bridge incorporates an infinity pool and timber decking for people who want to lounge in the sun. Beneath this bridge, each apartment possesses an angular balcony that grants residents views of landscaped gardens and swimming pools at ground level and of the city beyond.

Sky Habitat constitutes the next major project for the firm in Singapore after Marina Bay Sands, which includes a vast infinity pool and public space at its summit. For more on this and other important projects by Safdie Architects, check out its in-depth firm profile on Architizer.

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Paul Keskeys is Editor in Chief at Architizer. An architect-trained editor, writer and content creator, Paul graduated from UCL and the University of Edinburgh, gaining an MArch in Architectural Design with distinction. Paul has spoken about the art of architecture and storytelling at many national industry events, including AIANY, NeoCon, KBIS, the Future NOW Symposium, the Young Architect Conference and NYCxDesign. As well as hundreds of editorial publications on Architizer, Paul has also had features published in Architectural Digest, PIN—UP Magazine, Archinect, Aesthetica Magazine and PUBLIC Journal.
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