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Singapore’s public housing story began in the 1960s amidst an acute housing shortage. With many then living in unhygienic slums and crowded squatter settlements, HDB’s immediate task was to solve the nation’s housing crisis — to house as many people as possible within the shortest time possible. Almost 60 years on, our HDB flats are home to over 80% of Singapore’s resident population. Across HDB towns, vibrant communities have flourished as people come together to live, learn, work and play.
The success of HDB’s housing programmes and policies in Singapore’s nation-building and economic transformation has attracted foreign governments and delegations, who want to learn more. HDB’s gallery, located at HDB Hub, serves as a platform to share our story with the community — both local and international. With its latest refresh in September 2018, the gallery presents an immersive showcase of the latest public housing initiatives and HDB’s efforts in providing well-designed homes in sustainable and community-centric towns.
Named ‘LIVINGSPACE’, the gallery comprises 8 distinct areas that bring visitors through the stories ‘behind the block’, revealing the work that goes into planning and realising the vibrant living environments that Singaporeans call home.
Experience Singapore’s public housing story as you revisit nostalgic sights captured in a tapestry of ‘then and now’ photos, and witness key moments come to life at an interactive video wall.
This display, an artillery shell casing from the gun salute at the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral, pays tribute to Singapore’s pioneering leaders who have laid the foundation for public housing
In this all-new mega video installation that is over 25m wide, let your vision take flight and enjoy breathtaking aerial views of Singapore’s public housing landscapes and skylines. Come closer and step onto the screens of the ‘skywalk’ located in front of the video wall and be enveloped in dramatic vistas featuring iconic sights from the heartlands.
Learn about the strategies and principles behind the planning of well-designed and sustainable HDB towns with interactive and tactile exhibits.
Through the decades, continuous innovation and upgrading efforts have ensured that our heartlands remain cherished by Singaporeans. Learn about the policies and programmes that have helped house a nation and transformed the living conditions in Singapore from slums to the vibrant homes of today.
Beyond providing homes, HDB also supports vibrant, cohesive and inclusive communities. Learn how, through HDB’s programmes and policies, residents can live together harmoniously in community-centric towns, and help weave a strong social fabric for the nation. You can even relive fond childhood memories as you slide down a replica of the Dragon Playground, a heritage icon.
Find out how HDB is creating better living environments through smart and sustainable design innovations, including the Floating Wetland system, prefabricated construction technology, and the dual bicycle rack system, which helps support green commuting.
Discover what the future of public housing may offer as you peer into the exciting plans for upcoming towns that will drive HDB’s work in the next chapter of Singapore’s public housing journey.
Through a combination of projection mapping and immersive panoramic displays, uncover the bold plans and ideas for Singapore’s first Forest Town, Tengah.
LIVINGSPACE is located at HDB Hub, Level 1 (beside The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf café) and Basement 1.
Visit us Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.