Void deck

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A void deck under a HDB apartment block in Singapore.

A void deck is typically found under apartment blocks in Singapore. The void deck occupies the ground level, while apartments are usually on the second floor onwards. Void decks are a space for community mingling and functions are often attended by neighbours across the ethnic spectrum.[1] Sometimes, events like weddings or funeral wakes are held in such places.

Small grocers, medical and dental clinics, bakeries and other shops are often located in void decks, especially in older apartment blocks. These amenities are often converted bomb shelters, while parts of the shelter would be kept usable in case of an attack occurring (many flats have a dual purpose room that doubles as an attack shelter). Most void decks also have bicycle racks, benches, and recreational tables for residents’ use. It is common for void deck tables to have either a xiangqi or checkers board carved on them.

Void decks also facilitate the travelling through the apartment buildings on the ground level, rather than travelling around them.


  1. ^ AFP (2010). "Singapore's 'void decks' reflect racial rainbow". http://www.france24.com/en/20100423-singapores-void-decks-reflect-racial-rainbow

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