The Interlace

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The Interlace
The Interlace, Singapore 2.jpg
The Interlace is located in Singapore
The Interlace
General information
Architectural styleContemporary architecture
Town or citySingapore
Coordinates1°16′57″N 103°48′12″E / 1.28259°N 103.80324°E / 1.28259; 103.80324
Construction started2007
Architectural88.7 m
Roof88.7 m
Technical details
Floor count25
Design and construction
Architecture firmOMA
Awards and prizesWorld Building of the Year (2015)
Urban Habitat Award
Other information
Number of rooms1040

The Interlace is a 1000-unit apartment building complex in Singapore designed by OMA and Ole Scheeren. It is noteworthy for its design which looks like 31 bricks irregularly stacked upon each other, resembling Jenga blocks. It was named World Building of the Year at the 2015 World Architecture Festival.[2] Located on the corner of Depot Road and Alexandra Road, the complex is about 170,000 square meters on 8 hectares of land. Interlace has 31[3] apartment blocks that have a total of 1,040 units ranging in size from 800 square feet to 6,300 square feet[4] for the penthouses at the top of each housing blocks. The complex has recreational facilities such as swimming pools, gym, tennis courts, basketball court, children playgrounds, karaoke rooms and tables for pool billiards, all to serve the residents.


The Interlace was designed by Ole Scheeren and the architecture firm OMA. The project was commissioned in 2007 and finished in 2013. The property has a 99 year lease from the Singapore government since 2009. The property is surrounded by several parks that are connected and promote the Singapore Green initiative of 2012. Across from the Alexandra Arch and Telok Blangah Hill Park, the Interlace is an integrated part of the surrounding without sticking up like a sore thumb. The location was previously called Gillman Heights because of the 607 unit condominium that was on the location with the same name.[citation needed]


Overview of the complex

Interlace consists of six story blocks staggered in a hexagonal arrangements surrounding eight courtyards. The blocks are stacked four high at the center to provide maximum of 24 floors. This provides almost every home with a wide view of the surrounding areas. The spatial courtyards have swimming pools that are part of the architecture and not just an after thought. The Interlace won the World Building of the Year for 2015. It has been viewed as a challenge to traditional architecture not just in Singapore, but all over the world by CNBC.[5] Geoffrey from Architectural Digest described it as "striking residential complex".[6] Raskin praises Scheeren's design by saying "Architect Ole Scheeren hypothesized that dense urban residential living didn't have to occur in an isolating skyscraper--and he was right".[7] Interlace won Urban Habitat Award in 2014.


The architecture community have praised the Interlace. ArchDaily said "incorporates sustainability features through careful environmental analysis of sun, wind, and micro-climate conditions on site and the integration of low-impact passive energy strategies."[8]


  1. ^ "The Interlace - The Skyscraper Center".
  2. ^ Chung, Stephy (9 November 2015). "The Interlace: A closer look at the World Building of the Year". CNN.
  3. ^ Frearson, Amy (6 November 2015). "Ole Scheeren's "vertical village" named World Building of the Year 2015". Dezeen.
  4. ^ "The Interlace". Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  5. ^ Pillai, Reporting by Christine Tan | Written by Sharanya (2016-07-01). "Once subject of Xi's scorn, star architect blazes trail". CNBC. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  6. ^ Montes, Geoffrey. "8 Dazzling Winners from the World Architecture Festival | Architectural Digest". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  7. ^ Raskin, Laura (2014). Architecture Review. pp. 102–107.
  8. ^ "The Interlace / OMA / Ole Scheeren". ArchDaily. 2015-05-06. Retrieved 2016-10-10.

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