• Published Date: Issue Feb/ Mar 2021

    Dwellings invites you to rediscover a world of cherished sights and distinctive spaces captured in our heartlands. These are some of the photos submitted for the Shapes of Home photo contest held in September and October 2020, as part of a collaboration between HDB and SPH’s Photonico platform.

    Joyful playtime in the sun and water at the community water park beside Block 307 Yishun Central (Photo by Ong Yi Chao)


    What does home mean to you? This was a question we posed to the public last year, as we called on Singaporeans to capture facets of everyday HDB living that showcase distinctive spaces within HDB estates as well as slice-of-life moments in our heartlands.

    To mark 60 years of public housing in Singapore, HDB partnered with Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) Photonico platform and The Straits Times on a special project to trace the evolution of HDB towns and flats through photo stories. A key highlight is a photo contest which called on the public to share their ‘shapes of home’ through snapshots.

    Despite a challenging year brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Singaporeans responded to the call, with the contest receiving more than 6,200 submissions. The #ShapesOfHome Instagram hashtag, which was created for the photo contest, continues to attract photography enthusiasts sharing their snapshots and stories of HDB living.


    Workers giving Block 68 at Circuit Road a fresh coat of paint, rejuvenating the estate with vibrant splashes of colourful geometry (Photo by Ng Wee Liang)


    A surprising appearance of a pineapple float in a void deck window (Photo by Joyce Lim)


    The monochromatic shot of Toa Payoh Central with wispy clouds was the top pick among the judges (Photo by Stefan Tan)


    Curved pathways cut through the green landscapes at Toa Payoh Crest precinct, with a single rainbow umbrella adding an unexpected pop of colour (Photo by Seow Swee Meng)


    A grandfather and his granddaughter share a moment on the slide of the iconic Dragon Playground at Ang Mo Kio (Photo by Juan Chan)


    An arresting view of Bishan Town with the distinctive Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park in the foreground, captured just after sunset (Photo by Low CK)


    The oldest photo submitted to the contest was a snapshot from the 1960s, featuring a poignant moment between siblings in front of iconic slab blocks from Singapore’s early years (Photo by Deborah Wong)


    Sunrise at MacPherson, with light shining between the blocks and interesting shadows along the corridors (Photo by Lily Yeo)


    Striking rays of sunlight piercing through The Pinnacle@Duxton, framed by older HDB blocks in Tanjong Pagar (Photo by Kenneth Chiang)


    A lucky snapshot of children enjoying the swings at an HDB playground (Photo by Daniel Tan)


    Home became a safe space during the pandemic, as most people stayed in during the circuit breaker period (Photo by Chong Weilun)


    Evening playtime for the residents at Hougang Capeview precinct (Photo by Ian Ho)


    A grandmother and her grandchild sharing a moment in the morning (Photo by Lee Aik Soon)


    A dramatic sunset forms the perfect backdrop for Block 34 Whampoa West, the longest HDB block in Singapore (Photo by Pat Law)


    A heron joins a pair of egrets in the tranquil waters of Sungei Tampines (Photo by Leonardus Depari)


    See all the winning works and curated collections of photos at shapesofhome.photonico.asia