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The Interlace / OMA

A year and a half ago, OMA unveiled the first images for a residential project in Singapore, on  schematic design phase. Basically it was a set of stacked low-rise blocks. Today OMA sent us an update on this project, The Interlace, and more details appear. The project is located on a green belt outside the capital city, and consists on 31 stacked apartment blocks, each six-stories tall and identical in length, resulting in 170,000sqm of gross floor area for 1,040 apartments. What is interesting about the project is how these stacked volumes achieve a high density, while still maintaining privacy and long-range views as you can see on the renderings. The second result of this “stacked” strategy, are the common spaces filled with tropical green. By looking at the plan view of the complex, a series of inner courtyards appear on the empty spaces between the blocks. The project  turns then into a rich vertical community, apart from the single tower projects seen in the area. Extensive residential amenities and facilities are interwoven into the lush vegetation and offer opportunities for social interaction, leisure, and recreation.

Above-ground vehicular circulation is minimized, liberating large green areas within the development. The Interlace 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.

The design is led by Ole Scheeren together with Eric Chang, Associate of OMA. Developer: A CapitaLand-led consortium comprising CapitaLand Residential Singapore Pte Ltd, Hotel Properties Limited and a third shareholder. Lead Designer: Ole Scheeren, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) Beijing Project Architect: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd Landscape Architect: ICN Design International Pte Ltd Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd Type of Development: Condominium comprising 1,040 units with extensive clubhouse facilities and retail storefronts Unit Types: A range of two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, penthouses and duplex garden units. Areas will vary from 75 square meters for a two-bedroom unit to 586 square meters for a penthouse with private roof garden Site Area: Approximately 81,000 square meters (871,884 square feet) Gross Floor Area: Approximately 170,000 square meters (1.8 million square feet) Floors: 24 stories above ground with one level of basement parking

Cite:David Basulto. "The Interlace / OMA" 04 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/34142/the-interlace-oma/>