Located in Redhill, the project by WOHA is a demonstration of heartland rejuvenation and community building, through Masterplanning and the adaptive reuse of Bukit Merah Vocational Institute built in the 1970s. The property was re-purposed as the Enabling Village – an inclusive space that integrates education, work, training, retail and lifestyle, connecting people with disabilities and the society. Before re-development, the property did not contribute to the neighbourhood. The Masterplan re-imagines the Enabling Village as a park/garden destination, and is designed as an integral part of the neighbourhood’s pedestrian network.
The design scope includes architecture, interior design, signage, lighting, art and landscaping to deliver a holistically integrated environment. The buildings are re-named as “Nest”, “Playground”, “Village Green”, “Hive”, “Hub” and “Academy” – based on their characters and programmes. These are seamlessly connected by ramps, landings and lifts. Landscaping and water gardens are designed with a variety of native species, scales and colours, complementing the conserved trees to attract biodiversity and support ecosystems. Verandahs and cabanas extend out from passages as outdoor meeting spaces, bringing nature closer to people.