Singapore has seen successive waves of new residents arriving over the past half century, placing constant strain on basic city infrastructure such as housing. In response, the Housing & Development Board (HDB) was set up in 1960 to provide a variety of solutions and policies relating to the growing demand for shelter.
In 2010, the HDB showcased the results of its efforts in a newly renovated 700 square-metre gallery at HDB Hub in Toa Payoh. Designed to give visitors a dynamic experience, the gallery makes extensive use of multimedia and interactive displays, including even a ‘time capsule’ reconstruction of old tenement housing estates.
The gallery also contains Singapore’s first 360-degree panoramic cinema, continuously showing a four-minute multimedia clip of city residents and their evolving domestic lifestyles. Another highlight is Singapore’s largest indoor vertical green wall – in fact, a complete micro-climate system – which follows the line of a staircase as it ascends through the building.
Elsewhere is a model kitchen populated by life-size holographic characters which can interact with visitors and share their home ownership experiences – another first for Singapore. Other displays include a real-time interactive touchscreen map of the city and a large projection wall whose portrayals of the future of housing can be controlled by gesture movements.
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