Between Two Homes
UI UX Design, Web Development
On 25 July 2014, HDB announced that Dakota Crescent, a predominantly rental flat estate with lower income residents, would be slated for redevelopment. By December 2016, most of the residents had moved out of this place they used to call ‘home’. The relocation of an entire estate calls into question the Singaporean’s idea of home, for both renters and homeowners. What does 'home' mean to you?
The Between Two Homes project came together towards the end of 2016, as the residents of Dakota Crescent started to relocate. We sought to use Dakota Crescent as a case study on how the community could come together to preserve memories of a place and render assistance to those affected by relocation.
This project’s centrepiece is a unique interactive website comprising text, photography, and videography, woven in the form of a compelling narrative. To allow users to truly empathise with the residents’ stories and see life from the residents’ perspectives, we tapped into newer forms of media such as 360 photos and videos.
The two home icons cutting into each other represents the relocation - moving from one home to another. The home icon embedded within this intersection represents the idea of ‘home’ that our project explores. Several variations were created to represent different types of content on the website.
We wanted to recreate the physical space in the website, to give the user a sense of the space. We created an illustrated version of the Dakota Crescent area and mapped out key locations. The user can click on each location to learn more about it’s significance.
We also made use of 360 photos and videos to immerse the user in the surroundings of Dakota Crescent, as well as each resident’s home.
Custom templates were designed to allow each resident’s story to stand out from one another. Different colours and quote designs can be used for each article.