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Stacked Apartment Wins Building of Year

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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A “radical and alternative” apartment complex in Singapore has been crowned the “World Building of the Year,” according to World Architecture Festival judges.

The project received the honor during the world’s largest international architectural event, the World Architecture Festival 2015, held Nov. 4-6 in Singapore.

Photos: World Architecture Festival

The Interlace, designed by Dutch architecture firm OMA and Germany's Buro Ole Scheeren, spreads more than 1.8 million square feet.

The Interlace—designed by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Buro Ole Scheeren—is described as a "vertical village."

Project Details

Completed in 2013, Interlace features 31, six-story apartment blocks stacked in hexagonal arrangement around eight courtyards, according to project details.

“Partly resting, partly floating, the blocks hover on top of each other to form an expressive ‘interlaced’ space that connects the individual apartments with an accessible and inclusive community life,” the German-based Buro Ole Scheeren firm said a project description.


Each of the 31 stacked apartment blocks measures six stories high and boasts impressive views.

Interlace reimagines contemporary living in a tropical environment, the architects said. It provides 170,000 square meters (1.8 million square feet) of built floor space in over 1,000 units.

Green technologies were incorporated in the project through careful environmental analysis of sun, wind and micro-climate conditions and the integration of low-impact passive energy strategies, OMA said.

The project was also honored as the category winner of Completed Housing at the festival. For a list of all the category winners, click here.

Focus on Singapore

Singapore has become a hotbed for architecture firms and practices, according to CNN.

"Singapore is one of the most highly regulated environments, I think you can work in, city-wise," Eric Chang, of Buro Ole Scheeren, told the news bureau. "That also means, there's a higher degree of transparency, on what requirements you have to achieve."


The vertical village reimagines the traditional apartment block, according to the World Architecture Festival judges.

"There's a very involved dialogue with the city government and the different agencies, and there's more of a review of the design as it progresses. There's a very good balance of evaluating where the design wants to go and how to realize it."


Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Asia Pacific; Awards and honors; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Design; Good Technical Practice

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