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What is a Void Deck?

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A void deck is the practice of leaving the first floor of a residential building as an open community space. This is primarily associated with Singapore where approximately 10,000 buildings have one.


Void decks are used by children as a play space that can be used rain or shine. Many are quite large with enough room for soccer. They are also used by the residents of the building as a place to socialize and for recreation such as board games. Some have evolved to have food vendors and other unofficial features such as bicycle parking. Void decks are commonly used for events and ceremonies that include weddings and funerals.


Void decks allow you to exit a building from any side.


Void decks were first constructed in the 1970s and are attributed to former National Development Minister of Singapore E.W. Barker who got inspired when he saw children playing in the rain outside a public housing building. His idea was to raise the building by one floor to create a play area.

Local Culture

Void decks are generally embraced by locals as a unique and lively element of the culture of Singapore.
Overview: Void Deck
An open space community space that occupies the first floor of a residential building.
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