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The Interlace, Singapore, Singapore

Friday 04 Sep 2009

Horizontal towers set for Singapore

The Interlace by OMA in Singapore, Singapore
The Interlace by OMA in Singapore, Singapore The Interlace by OMA in Singapore, Singapore The Interlace by OMA in Singapore, Singapore
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08/07/10 Robin, Singapore
Hi, does anybody interested in getting a unit here? If yes, kindly contact Robin @ 65 90707378 Thanks.
15/09/09 Thomas, Singapore
Beverly Hills-style accommodation? <p>

The two bedroom apartments are less than 800 square feet! That might count as a car garage in Beverly Hills, but not much more.<p>

To me this looks like a pile of stacked up shipping containers. Rather appropriate, since it overlooks the docks and Jurong oil refinery.
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08/09/09 Phil Jordan, Drexel Hill
Looks like it drew some inspiration from Moshe Safdie's Habitat. I think Safdie's works better for scale and providing "everyone a garden".
08/09/09 Liuh Chen, Brisbane
It seems that there is a lot of glass and not enough shading. Singapore is a tropical country. I would be keen to see how this will be resolved. I hope it will not be left to mechanical cooling systems.
08/09/09 AWJ Robertson, Ottawa
Moshe Safdie's "Habitat" for the '67 Expo did this a long time ago!
04/09/09 Ti Jee, Glasgow
To my eyes this is less like jenga and more like buckaroo. It has all the charm of Robin Hood Gardens on steroids - but not in a good way. Thank you WAN - I needed a good laugh.

Ole Schereen design departs from the ordinary in high-rise Singapore 

If you've ever played jenga or stacked stirring sticks in a cafe, even, you'll understand the excitement encased in creating a precarious form, the thrill of not knowing if or when it will tumble and the necessity to pay attention to it in case it does. While perhaps not the desired effect, Ole Schereen's design for The Interlace joins the ranks of the leaning tower of Pisa and the immense cantilever of Foster's Zenith to provide this amusement nonetheless.

In a departure from the norm in Singapore, the freshly released images of the OMA architect's design show layers of horizontal towers stacked askew of each other creating an array of aspects for street-side interactors to gaze at in wonderment, a selection of views for future residents to fight over, and an engineering challenge worth talking about.

An impressive 31 six-storey blocks are arranged on four main ‘Superlevels’ comprising 24 stories, although most Superlevel blocks range from 6 to 18 stories to form a stepped building topography. Thought has been put into the arrangement of the blocks in terms of responding to the natural elements of sun, wind and micro-climate and cascading balconies and terraces add green space and allow residents to interact with the outdoor space.

The Interlace is set to create new Beverley Hills-style luxury accommodation, set in the lush Gillman Heights suburb of Singapore and providing a total of 1,040 apartment units set within 8 hectares of land at the Southern Ridges of Singapore. The concept symbolises a new way of living for Singapore, taking rich city-slickers out of the high-rise centre of the city and offering a commutable green hub that retains just enough of a city-feel within the community of buildings.

“The design addresses concerns of shared space and social needs in a contemporary society and simultaneously responds to issues of shared living and individuality by offering a multiplicity of indoor/outdoor spaces specific to the tropical context," commented Schereen.

Ms Patricia Chia, CEO of CapitaLand Residential Singapore, added: “This is a great opportunity to create and build a residential destination at the Gillman Heights site that will challenge the present architectural definition of the living space. In developing the dramatic external form, we have also focused much attention on creating comfortable internal spaces. Our vision for the site is to build homes that will last through the generations and to define an address that the home owner identifies with. The name, The Interlace, reinforces the interconnectivity between man and the space, community and natural environment surrounding him. Ole Scheeren has created a new postcard for Singapore.”

Niki May Young
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