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.
The seamless and sensitive conversion of an existing bus interchange into a mixed-use development with two blocks of 40-storey public housing, a library, town council office and commercial space, all the while retaining the transit functions, brought its own challenges, the greatest of which was the public process and a balancing of stake-holder goals. The transit functions, retained at ground level, are covered by a podium and structural columns that maintain the openness of the facility, while allowing for the location of several storeys of commercial and car-park functions above. A rooftop garden on this structure ties the commercial and public spaces to the housing towers and serves to underscore the hierarchy of use while facilitating pedestrian movement.