A revolution in residential architecture is in the making, says the award-winning designer behind Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands thanks to increasing calls for a better balance between communal and private space. On a tour of his latest Singapore residential project, Sky Habitat by CapitaLand, star architect Moshe Safdie explained how he ensured that each apartment owner got a great view of their community. “The general approach of the design here is not to pre-conceive the form and see how apartments work into it, but actually work from within,” the 76-year-old celebrated architect told CNBC.

“So the idea of the pyramid-stepping structure comes from the idea of gardens, and I believe it should be opened to the sky. (So) when you step back, the two planes plate together against each other to maximize views and to maximize the airflow.” Safdie, who has designed over 70 projects in 50 years, is working on multiple developments in Asia including the Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, Raffles City Chongqing and LuOne Shanghai in China for CapitaLand.