Hidden behind blocks 690D and 691B at Choa Chu Kang Crescent is a humble yet stimulating fishing & viewing deck. Located along the Pang Sua Park Connector and the adjacent canal, the 11m wide deck has grown popular with residents, joggers, and fishing enthusiasts.
The deck rests on 7 steel frames, with the perimeter columns recessed to give a sense of lightness. The steel base supports a fully modularised wood, concrete, and plaster construction wherein the whole is visibly the sum of its parts. Carefully detailed are the timber battens which form balusters. Displaying an acute sensitivity to the design’s role as a fishing deck, the architect eschews horizontal railings, allowing fishing rods to pass through and then rest on a lower batten.
The approach is also well-considered. Entering, a ‘pause’ space is first created, before a gentle ramp makes a slow but clear separation between park connector and deck. Below, a small planted roof is encountered before one turns and is finally presented with a clearing. Looking out from the benches provided, the balusters also give visual accent to horizon line – alluding to an anthropomorphic design application and reinforcing the architecture’s role as a device for viewing.