11 Photogenic HDB Blocks For The Perfect NDP #OOTDs

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Insta-worthy HDBs around Singapore

 

pastel HDBs queenstown

Regardless of the countless times I’ve frequented the CBD, the Singapore skyline never fails to take my breath away. From our bizarre "durian" to the Singapore Flyer that’s 100 times my height to eccentric skyscraping supertrees in Gardens By The Bay, these iconic landmarks continue to be novel attractions for both locals and tourists. 

But this Little Red Dot’s unique architecture doesn’t just stop at our Financial District. Our heartlands are home to some wacky HDB buildings that even locals are unaware of.

So don a stylish outfit from *, and showcase your patriotic OOTDs against these HDB blocks that will continue the legacy of Rocher Center’s instaworthiness

*If you share a photo of you and your loved ones on Instagram celebrating national day at home and hashtag #uniqlosg and #celebratehome from now till 13 August 2017, you'll get to at a hotel of your choice!

 

1. Blk 416 Tampines St 41

 

 TV test screen tampines HDB

With an endless array of TV programs and Netflix begging for our attention in this tech-saturated age, TV test screens have been all but relegated to the memories of 90s kids. 

Luckily, this archaic image - voted for by residents themselves as the design to adorn their homes - has been preserved as a giant mural on these HDBs in Tampines. 

Spanning 6 floors and across 10 HDB blocks, these old school test screens wear vintage loud and proud and are a sight guaranteed to make any old soul smile.

To capture the full glory of this quirky mural, head to the 6th floor Blk 417 and snap a picture of the mural on Blk 418. 

TV test screen tampines HDB

Getting there: An 11-minute walk from Tampines MRT station, near Tampines North CC.

 

2. Blk 316 Hougang Ave 7

 

 Hougang rainbow HDB

If you’re obsessed with all things rainbow - cupcakes, memes, tie-dye shirts - this ever-present rainbow in the heartlands will turn your frown upside down.  

 Hougang rainbow HDB

One of two rainbow-painted flats in Singapore (the other is along Bedok Reservoir Rd on Blk 609), this ginormous splash of colour spans all 10 floors of Blk 316. 

Besides this eye-catching banner of cheer, you’ll also find other vividly coloured HDB flats scattered around this charming estate, starting with the blue flats just a block behind.

Getting there: A 13-minute walk from Hougang MRT Station.

On Charmaine:
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3. Blk 171 Stirling Rd

 

pastel HDBs queenstown

 These cotton candy-coloured buildings nestled in Queenstown’s Stirling View are manifestations of Paddlepop-mania long before pastel became trendy.

Head to the rooftop (Deck 6) of the multi-story carpark and pit your outfits against this vogue tiffany-green and millennial-pink painted flats.

 Queenstown pastel HDB blk 171

You’ll also find rows of shops and cafes at the HDB void deck, including the legendary Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee and the St 169 Eating House.

Getting there: A 6-minute walk from Queenstown MRT station.

On Charmaine:
Women’s Ribbed Boat Neck Half Sleeve T-Shirt ($14.90)
Women’s Drape Jogger Pants ($49.90)

 

4. [email protected] (86 Dawson Road)

 

 skyville@dawson rooftop

Stand next to the imposing structures for a wide shot and appreciate their sheer magnitude

Many of us know about the atas HDB that is The [email protected], but this less-frequented HDB estate in Queenstown also boasts sky-scraping buildings and ridiculously beautiful architecture. 

Part of HDB’s “Remaking Our Heartland” initiative, [email protected] is a notch above the average HDB flat. Its 47 storeys feature roof gardens every 11 floors, a food court on ground level, and even a 400-m jogging track on its roof. Best of all, entry is free, so you can hang out even if you’re not a resident.

 skyville@dawson rooftop

Head to the 47th floor to relish in the priceless view of the cityscape below you as you overlook lush canopy of trees and lego-sized concrete buildings.

Getting there: [email protected] is a 9-minute walk from Queenstown MRT station.

On Charmaine:
Women’s Ribbed Ballet Neck ¾ Sleeve T-shirt ($14.90)
Women’s High Waist Chiffon Pleated Skirt ($39.90)

On Keegan:
Men’s Flannel Checked Long Sleeve Shirt ($29.90) 
Men’s Relaxed Ankle Pants ($49.90)

 

5. Bedok Maze 42 Bedok S Road 

 

 bedok brick maze

For homies who live in the Far East, hunt down this hidden brick maze in the heart of Bedok.

bedok brick maze top view

This spot might just look like a regular residential common area from the ground level, but a bird’s eye view of the maze proves to be a dizzying experience. This distinctive landmark’s red bricks also gives off an ornate vibe. 

Match your unique red-and-white ensemble from to this classic backdrop to up your #SG52 game. 

Getting there: Take 38 or 47 - an 8-minute bus ride - from Tanah Merah station.

On Charmaine:
Women’s Flannel Check Shirt ($29.90)
Women’s Sweat Long Sleeve Full Zip Hoodie ($39.90)
Women’s Denim Micro Shorts ($29.90)

On Keegan:
Men’s The Brand Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt (Wendy’s) ($14.90)
Men’s Long Sleeve Sweat Full-Zip Hoodie ($39.90)
Men’s Chino Shorts ($29.90)

 

6. Behind Blk 186 Toa Payoh Central

 

 toa payoh blue yellow spiral stairs

For many of us, “Toa Payoh landmark” brings to mind the popular Dragon Playground. But besides that colourful monstrosity, Toa Payoh harbours many undiscovered insta-worthy spots.

 toa payoh blue yellow spiral stairs

You might have seen these staircases before, but if you haven't, venture to Blk 186 where you’ll find a string of whimsical yellow and blue spiral staircases behind this unassuming row of neighborhood shophouses.

Strut up and down these eccentric, curly structures - which are a good alternative to old and grimy shophouse staircases - and werk those cute outfits for a vibrant OOTD.

 toa payoh blue yellow spiral stairs

These stairs’ quirky colours bear such an uncanny resemblance to Despicable Me’s minions that it’ll leave you wondering if those babbling creatures got their iconic colours from here. 

From a yellow-tiled MRT station, to famous playgrounds and whimsical staircases, vibrant colours seem to be a recurring theme for Singapore’s second oldest satellite neighborhood.

Getting there: As you approach Toa Payoh NLB, turn into the left alley to find these stairs.

On Charmaine:
Women’s Flannel Check Shirt ($29.90)
Women’s Sweat Long Sleeve Full Zip Hoodie ($39.90)
Women’s Denim Micro Shorts ($29.90)

Women’s Flannel Checked Shirt ($29.90)
Women’s Leggings Pants ($29.90)

On Keegan:
Men’s The Brand Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt (Wendy’s) ($14.90)
Men’s Long Sleeve Sweat Full-Zip Hoodie ($39.90)
Men’s Chino Shorts ($29.90)

 

7. Blk 78 Guan Chuang Street (Tiong Bahru)

 

 tiong bahru hypebeast aesthetic HDB

Tiong Bahru ain’t just about hipster cafes and quirky bookstores. Behind Blk 78’s rustic front lie these minimalist, symmetrical buildings guaranteed to satisfy our obsession with geometric designs, straight lines, and uniformity a la hypebeast. 

 tiong bahru HDBs white walls

These buildings’ grayscale colours also make the perfect backdrop to feature bold outfits.

 tiong bahru spiral stairs HDBs

Also, don’t leave without snooping around - behind the simple grey doors to each block lie hidden alleys that lead up to narrow spiral staircases.Their muted contemporary colours give these winding stairs a modern twist to an old concept.  

Getting there: An 8-minute bus ride from Tiong Bahru MRT Station.

tiong bahru quirky HDB

On Charmaine:
Women’s Ribbed Boat Neck Half Sleeve T-Shirt ($14.90)
Women’s Drape Jogger Pants ($49.90)

On Keegan:
Men’s Dry EX Short Sleeve Polo Shirt ($29.90)
Men’s Slim Fit Chino Flat Front Pants ($49.90)

 

8. Blk 497 Tampines Street 45

 

 tampines red brick HDB

Some of us may remember seeing this iconic HDB in Mediacorp’s Channel 8 series ‘’ (skip to 3:44) back in the 90s. With its monumental angled arches, soaring pillars, and lofty void deck ceilings, these red-bricked HDB blocks are a sight to behold.

 tampines red brick HDB carpark

Take your OOTDs on the carpark’s white rooftop to recreate that minimalist vibe sans typical white walls.

 tampines HDB red bricks

These towering red giants exhibits the comical size difference between us and the concrete jungle that we live in today.

Getting there: Right across the street from Tampines Junior College, nearest MRT station is Tampines.

On Charmaine:
Women’s Dry-EX Crew Neck Short Sleeve T ($19.90)
Women’s Sweat Long Sleeve Full Zip Hoodie ($39.90)
Women’s Denim Micro Shorts ($29.90)

On Keegan: 
Men’s Dry EX Short Sleeve Polo Shirt ($29.90)
Men’s Stretch Selvedge Slim Fit Jeans ($59.90)

 

9. Blk 146 Simei Street 2

 

Simei - Chinese for “Four Beauties” - initially had its roads named after the four legendary ladies in Chinese history.  These Four Beauties have now been immortalised on the walls of these HDB void decks:

 simei pastel HDBs four beauties

Check out the mural of Diaochan in the background

 simei orange yellow pastel HDBs

Besides its interesting history, this HDB’s pastel coloured walls are one of a kind. If you’re all about that pastel trend that’s taken our IG feeds by storm, why stop at apparel when you can have a pastel background. 

 simei pastel HDB void deck

Tip: These yellow and orange buildings will complement your summery style, so let your bold wardrobe take the spotlight, and add a subtle splash of colour to any minimalist’s IG feed.

Getting there: A 6-minute walk from Simei MRT station. Turn into Changi Simei Community Center where you’ll also see a small food court.

On Charmaine:
Women’s Dry-EX Crew Neck Short Sleeve T ($19.90)
Women’s Sweat Long Sleeve Full Zip Hoodie ($39.90)
Women’s Denim Micro Shorts ($29.90)

On Keegan: 
Men’s Dry EX Short Sleeve Polo Shirt ($29.90)
Men’s Stretch Selvedge Slim Fit Jeans ($59.90)

 

10. Forfar Heights (48 Strathmore Ave)

 

Quirky hdb in singapore

More than just sky-high HDB blocks, Queenstown’s Forfar Heights boasts some beautiful gardens that weave through the estate.

 queenstown forfar heights roof garden

The moss-covered palm trees and viney canopies in this rooftop garden make it the perfect backdrop for a melancholic shot.

 queenstown forfar heights rooftop garden

What’s more, this quiet rooftop can also double up as a scenic picnic or paktor place after your insta-boyfriend/girlfriend/friends have fulfilled their duties.

Getting there: A 5-minute walk from Queenstown MRT station, and a 15-minute walk from IKEA. 

On Charmaine:
Women’s Ribbed Ballet Neck ¾ Sleeve T-shirt ($14.90)
Women’s High Waist Chiffon Pleated Skirt ($39.90)

On Keegan:
Men’s Flannel Checked Long Sleeve Shirt ($29.90) 
Men’s Relaxed Ankle Pants ($49.90)

 

11. Punggol Waterway Terraces 1

 

 punggol waterway terraces

Located in this developing suburb, you’ll find these quirky minimalist buildings buried amidst sprouting HDB developments in Punggol. 

 punggol waterway terraces

The Waterway Terraces, designed to resemble rice terraces in Asia, are an interesting amalgamation of rural and modern lifestyles. 

 punggol waterway terraces rooftop

Pictures on the ground level will already get you a trippy shot of the skewed buildings, but head to the rooftop garden on the 11th floor for an epic matrix-like backdrop. 

Getting there: Cross the street from Waterway Point (Punggol MRT station).

On Charmaine:
Women’s Flannel Checked Shirt ($29.90)
Women’s Leggings Pants ($29.90)

On Keegan:
Men’s Flannel Checked Shirt ($29.90)
Men’s Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater ($49.90)
Men’s Chino Shorts ($29.90)

 

Up your #OOTD game 

 

 bedok red brick maze HDB

 simei yellow orange pastel HDB

Now that you’ve been let in on these unique HDBs, it’s time to suit up, strut yo’ stuff, and dedicate that #SG52 post on your Instagram. 

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 punggol watereway terraces rooftop


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