Void deck, Tampines


The void deck, the empty ground floor level of the public housing that 85% of Singapore lives in, is unique part of life here.

A space like this is where I learned to ride a bicycle, to skate, to give play to my imagination. It’s where weddings and funerals happen.

It’s a space to gather, to seek shelter, to pass through, to rest.

In being a void of living, it allows space for life.

Random factoids:

My Mum lives in Tampines, a suburb of Singapore that not too long ago, was a forested home to villages, farms and sand quarries. Residents were resettled to make way for the construction of the a satellite township that today houses around a quarter of a million people (there are around 5.7 million people in this tiny country).

Tampines New Town was the winner of the United Nations’ World Habitat Award in 1992.

Tampines is named after a tree.



2 thoughts on “Void deck, Tampines

  1. Interesting. In stark contrast to the density of population, it seems this would only be empty during the few hours before sunrise. Solitude in the midst of a crowd.

    1. Mark, these areas are never usually crowded. They’re more a space to pass by than linger… unless there are kids playing in them, or a wedding or funeral going on. But they are certainly a breath of fresh air, and space in an otherwise crowded country!

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.