TOKYO-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.

I’m an avid, amateur fine art photographer currently based in London. I began my own journey with travel photography, aiming to capture the essence of each of the places I visited. Inspired by the contemporary environment of Singapore, I later focused my attention on cityscapes and architecture. More recently, I find myself attracted to nature and seascapes.