Singapore chooses horizontality

The Interlace, which received the award of World Building of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival, is an intricate network of living and social spaces integrated with the natural environment. Developed by Capitaland and Hotel Properties Limited and designed by OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren, the complex does not follow the default typology of residential developments in Singapore (clusters of isolated, vertical towers), but opts for a horizontal approach with thirty-one apartment blocks (each six stories tall and fifty metres long, totalling 1,040 apartments) stacked in a hexagonal arrangement on multiple levels. This arrangement, combined with extensive roof gardens and terraces, maximizes the presence of the surrounding greenery.