The geometric beauty of Singapore’s social housing tables – in photos | Art and design

Despite living in social housing all his life, Singapore-based photography hobbyist Jonathan Tan has never paid much attention to the geometric marvels ahead. Then, for his 2020 project Lepak Downstairs, he used an iPhone and a selfie stick to capture the old, tiled concrete stools and tables that dotted Singapore’s residential areas. “Singaporeans are so used to these sights and we’re starting to take them for granted, but it’s nice to see people appreciate the everyday spots again,” he says. Nearly 80% of Singapore’s residents live in public housing, which has led to an expectation of high-quality shared spaces. “Singaporeans have a broader concept of what is home. Beyond the four walls of our apartment, home is the neighborhood, including our parks, exercise corners and common areas.”

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