In Singapore, where the night skyline dazzles and the city never seems to sleep, architects and landscape designers have kept pockets of urban spaces deliberately dark – for the intended purpose of romance no less.
Take for example Kampung Admiralty’s gardens and the park at Enabling Village, both the work of WOHA architects, where their design encourages not just socialising, but even romance. There are intimate nooks, cosy spaces just big enough for two, and in the case of the Enabling Village, an open, fenceless park that embraces all.
Located in a mature estate that had been developed more than 50 years ago, the original site of the Enabling Village was previously fenced-in, inward-looking and disconnected from the neighbourhood. When WOHA took over the design, they removed all physical barriers, extended linkages and created a variety of shared spaces, gardens and amenities, breathing new life between and within buildings. Today, the space serves as a community heart that connects people with disabilities, residents, and even lovebirds in search of a little romance.