The Housing & Development Board (HDB) was established in 1960 as a government agency working to solve Singapore's housing crisis and provide affordable and quality housing. In July 2003, HDB's Building and Development Division was corporatized as HDB Corporation Pte Ltd (HDBCorp), which was rebranded as Surbana Corporation Pte Ltd in July 2005.
Source: Surbana International Consultants. " Our Heritage." Accessed July 22, 2013.
This redevelopment project consisting of the demolition of existing structures and the construction of five 19-storey residential blocks, a five-/six-storey car park with a landscaped roof, and a two-storey wet market with food stands is located in the Geylang Serai Cultural District, one of the city’s oldest Malay areas. Consequently, architectural references are made to Malay-style ‘kampung’ settlements, particularly in the roof features and market gardens facing the busy street, and in the accents: traditional patterns and decoration in modern materials. The market is connected to the apartments through the landscaped parking structure’s rooftop garden, which uses similar accents, as do the courtyards of the connectors between the apartment buildings.