Void deck

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A void deck under a HDB apartment block in Singapore.

A void deck is an open space found on the ground floor of HDB blocks in Singapore.[1] It is used for community activities.[2][3]


At first, HDB blocks did not have void decks in the 1960s. The Housing and Development Board changed the design of the blocks and made the first level free of flats for activities such as light industrial workshops. However, the term "void deck" was not mentioned in HDB's annual reports until 1977–1978.[1] Precinct pavilions are added to newer void decks.[4]

Decoration and artworks[edit]

Artists must apply for permission from relevant authorities before displaying their works at void decks as the space belongs to the Town Council of the area where the void deck is located.[5]

Newer void decks[edit]

Some void decks[which?] are now not located on the ground floor and are integrated with sky gardens. Newer void decks are also smaller in size.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Singapore, National Library Board. "Void deck | Infopedia". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  2. ^ "The story behind when the "void deck" was introduced and how it was invented". Mothership.sg. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Void Deck". www.sg.
  4. ^ "Use of void decks changes in tandem with community's needs | HDB InfoWEB". www.hdb.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  5. ^ hermes (6 November 2017). "New public wall art put up at Yishun void deck". The Straits Times. Retrieved 17 January 2018.

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