Bronze 2019 Architecture / Buildings

Vertical Living

  • Prize
    Bronze in Architecture/Buildings
  • Photographer
    Katherine Young
  • Technical Info
    D800 & 14-24mm F/2.8
  • Photo Date
    June 2017

More than 80% of Singapore's population live in public housing (HDB) flats located in large housing estates. Each block is considered a vertical community with common area built to promote social interaction. They have become an integral part of Singapore and their architecture is something I find alluring. One of such developments is located in Yung Kuang Road. The four blocks known as the diamond blocks were constructed in the 1970s by Jurong Town Corporation in order to house their employees. The 21-storey development escaped demolition and is currently used to house low-income families.

Katherine Young is a fine art photographer currently based in London. Her interest in photography started at an early age however it has only been in the last four years that Katherine took her hobby more seriously. Katherine’s real passion is black-and-white photography as she feels that monochromatic images have a surreal and timeless quality which leaves a striking impact on the viewer. Without the distraction of colour, the photograph looks cleaner and reveals the very soul of the subject.