Our Stories of Home

Rediscover our home and see HDB towns in a new light. These are your stories,
captured by friends and neighbours.

Day and Night in the Heartlands
A Home for Every Need
Nature at My Doorstep
Chasing the Sun and Rainbows
Our Shared Moments at HDB Towns

Day and Night in the Heartlands

Catch these fleeting moments from the heartlands – as it stirs to life at sunrise, and its energy eases into the night, getting ready for tomorrow’s new beginnings.

Lily Yeo

Lee Aik Soon

#busystranger

zi qi (@pehhhziqi)

Suhaimi Abdullah

Haikal (@mhaikalm)

Joseph Goh (@josgoh)

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A Home for Every Need

See Singapore’s public housing in its shapes and forms over the years, and how it has continued to provide safe and accessible homes for all.

Deborah Wong

Lee Chia Hui

Juan Chan (@juanchan)

Darryl Lee (@lwydarryl)

Jonathan Mohan

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Nature at My Doorstep

Go beyond four walls and explore the green spaces that make a difference to the life and landscapes around home.

Calm and relaxing view

@powertrippp

Space for everyone

Daniel Tan (@shredcow)

Ian Ho

Ahmad Iskandar Abdullah (@i_s_k_y)

Hasif Ruzahan (@hasiiff)

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Chasing the Sun and Rainbows

Take in these serendipitous moments in the neighbourhood – the colourful hues and dramatic lights radiate hope for a better future.

Wong Chek Poh

Gary Low

Steven Sung (@photographyholic)

Jon Chiang

Lim Yew Kuan

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Our Shared Moments at HDB Towns

See how the young and young-at-heart fill communal spaces with simple joys – from quiet moments to lively celebrations.

Tey Yong How

Timothy Loke

Daniel Tan

Lee Aik Soon

Lee Zhi Yu

Bryan Ho

Chong Weilun

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The morning sun shining in between the HDB blocks created interesting shadows of items placed on the corridors.

Photo by:

Lily Yeo

It was just an amazing sunset over the façade of all the beautiful HDB lined up together. This amazing vantage point shows us the glory of our heartland buildings standing tall together.

Photo by:

Lee Aik Soon

#busystranger

Photo by:

zi qi (@pehhhziqi)

A casual game of void deck football at Tampines neighbourhood.

Photo by:

Suhaimi Abdullah

It’s quite surprising that not many lights were switched on at 10:40pm on a weekday.

Photo by:

Haikal (@mhaikalm)

Oasis Terraces, the central community plaza framed by a series of lush garden terraces sloping towards the waterway not only plays an aesthetic role in the site, but also builds bonding among the community through its status as a horticultural project for residents to maintain. There are also some water-saving features such as rain garden and water wheel, that collect and treat rainwater, which is then used to irrigate plants at the gardens.

Photo by:

Joseph Goh (@josgoh)

This is the neighbourhood where my family and I lived for a time in the 1960s. Featured here are my brother and myself sitting on a gradual grass slope, enjoying the precious moment.

Photo by:

Deborah Wong

Combining form and function, the iconic slab blocks were commonplace in Singapore during its years as a young nation. Public housing was rapidly built to provide affordable and safe homes for Singaporeans.

Volunteering for elderly in rental flat by friends in the community.

Photo by:

Lee Chia Hui

HDB is committed to provide Singaporeans with a home. Rental blocks provide a roof for those in need, with assistance measures to help them progress onto home ownership when they are ready.

I just cannot fathom why she's walking outside a block of flats looking like she's gonna shower. Somewhere around Eunos.

and so I’m enlightened! Turns out that the housing blocks were undergoing renovation and the people living there had to share a makeshift washing area. Surprised that this still happens but I’m glad people are still super orderly :) this is #whatmakessg

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Juan Chan (@juanchan)

For a long time, the “Diamond Blocks” of Yung Kuang Road were forgotten to many. These once-empty HDB blocks resurfaced in public consciousness after the Government announced that they would be used to house healthy foreign workers to keep them safe from COVID-19.

Photo by:

Darryl Lee (@lwydarryl)

Using my telephoto lens, I wanted to capture a shot which shows different HDB developments over the years compacted together. Additionally, the pop of colours also helps to bring the photo together.

Photo by:

Jonathan Mohan

HDB towns are planned to be renewed and further developed over time. The result is a tapestry of endearing homes, both old and new.

Calm and relaxing view

Photo by:

@powertrippp

Punggol, Singapore’s first Eco-Town, features multiple initiatives to create a sustainable living environment, including the creation of the iconic My Waterway @ Punggol. Freshwater-tolerant mangroves line the river, stabilising the sloping banks of the waterway and enriching its biodiversity.

Space for everyone

Photo by:

Daniel Tan (@shredcow)

A variety of fitness equipment can always be found around HDB estates – increasingly positioned near playgrounds and precinct parks. Not only do these facilities help residents to lead healthy and active lifestyles, they also encourage families to spend quality time outdoors together.

It was evening, and the families and kids were out to play in the wonderfully shaped, scalloped playground. There were endless places to play hide and seek in the rows of trees and shrubs.

Photo by:

Ian Ho

Over the decades, the design of public housing has continued to evolve and the introduction of greenery plays a crucial role in softening the urban environment...in some areas, the top decks of the multi-storey carparks were designed as landscaped spaces and it is also used for community gardening.

Photo by:

Ahmad Iskandar Abdullah (@i_s_k_y)

“I think of trees as my extended family, living, breathing and social, like us.”
(Dame Judi Dench)

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Hasif Ruzahan (@hasiiff)

I love to capture the colours of the HDB estates, especially those blocks that are dressed up, for example during the NDP. This Yishun block attracted my attention most this year.

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Wong Chek Poh

I remember the old HDB blocks of Teck Whye since I was a kid, cutting through the void decks on the way to school. This estate holds many memories of my youth, but they'll never be in monochrome!

Photo by:

Gary Low

Life can be a storm, but your hope is a #rainbow and your family are the gold…

Thank you this kind family for allowing me to take this shot...

Photo by:

Steven Sung (@photographyholic)

A blazing sunset across the skies in Punggol Waterway Terraces, Singapore.

Photo by:

Jon Chiang

Inspired by rice paddy fields, Waterway Terraces is designed with cascading terraces. Its unique building layout takes advantage of the environment, such as the sun and wind flow, to provide natural ventilation and minimise heat absorption.

Captured this special moment in the heartlands where the rare phenomenon of a sun halo appeared amongst the towering blocks of HDB flats. Perhaps a sign of hope during this difficult period!

Photo by:

Lim Yew Kuan

The sisters are having fun climbing up the play wall.

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Tey Yong How

From the 1990s, HDB playgrounds were built with parts designed by play equipment specialists. These play spaces offer a combination of structures designed for imaginative and tactile play, and allow more children to play together, encouraging greater interaction across various ages.

“I caption this “Moments we share and remember”. As we grow older, the “Joy” we perceive then and now is totally different. It was so simple which can be running around or being together.

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Timothy Loke

These children were happily playing and I managed to get a photo where each swinging child (there are only 3 seats) was caught in their own “space”. That's what everyone wants here.

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Daniel Tan

It was a moment for the Grandmother and her grandson (I assume). I just had to capture it.

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Lee Aik Soon

As an awed crowd, like the rest, I am happy to see for the very first time the Red Lions landing at where I stay, Sengkang. As they land, I used this opportunity to capture this historical moment.

Photo by:

Lee Zhi Yu

Even as COVID-19 gripped the world and citizens could not celebrate as one, we are still heartened by beautiful fireworks, brought closer to us in the heartlands.

Photo by:

Bryan Ho

“Despite the lack of photographic opportunities during the stay home period, I managed to capture a poignant and yet hopeful moment as my daughter participated in a nationwide singalong of 'Home'.

Photo by:

Chong Weilun