The Interlace, a vertically stacked housing complex in Singapore designed by OMA and Büro Ole Scheeren, won the World Building of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival. Organizers said that the “vertical village” offers a “radically new approach to contemporary living in a tropical enviroment,” calling the building “one of the most ambitious residential developments in Singapore’s history.” Rather than building isolated towers, architects stacked series of apartment blocks in hexagonal arrangements around 8 courtyards. In doing so, both private and shared outdoor spaces are created on multiple levels.
Photography courtesy of OMA and Büro Ole Scheeren
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