OMA: the interlace residential complex, singapore
OMA: the interlace residential complex, singapore
sep 04, 2009

OMA: the interlace residential complex, singapore

OMA: the interlace residential complex, singapore image courtesy of OMA




designed by ole scheeren, partner of OMA, ‘the interlace’ adopts a new residential typology which breaks away from the standard isolated, vertical apartment towers of singapore. the large-scale complex takes a more expansive and interconnected approach to living through communal spaces which are integrated into its lush surrounding greenbelt. thirty-one apartment blocks, each standing at six-storeys tall and identical in length, are stacked in a hexagonal arrangement to form eight large open and permeable courtyards. the layered formations allow light and air to flow through the architecture and surrounding landscape. developed by capitaland and hotel properties limited, the interlace covers 170,000m2 of gross floor area and will house 1,040 apartment units of varying sizes.

OMA: the interlace residential complex, singapore the stacked buildings image courtesy of OMA




the design capitalizes on the generous size of the site which stretches between singapore’s kent ridge, telok blangah hell and mount faber parks. the location of the complex is situated at the junction of alexandra road and depot road, bounded by the ayer rajah expressway to the north. connected with the gillman village, residents can enjoy nature trails and restaurants which are within walking distance. each of the eight courtyards have an individual landscaped identity defined within the heart of the project, forming various focal points and orienting devices for the surrounding residential blocks. the primary route through the project leads residents from the main entrance to the courtyards. the number of paths and pedestrian circulation is a response to the location and density of residents around each courtyard and core residence. secondary footpaths connect residents to the most direct routes from the building entrances to and from their homes. a continuous loop which surrounds the site provides a one-kilometer running track and connects the courtyards to the activities around the edge of the site.

OMA: the interlace residential complex, singapore an aerial rendering of the interlace’s hexagonal formations image courtesy of OMA




landscaping takes up eight-hectares, with the arrangement of the buildings maximizing the presence of the surrounding tropical floral by introducing extensive roof gardens, landscaped sky terraces, cascading balconies and lush green areas. the continuous landscape is also projected vertically, from the planting of green areas in open-air basement voids, through balconies and rooftop gardens. the private balconies give apartments large outdoor space and personal planting areas. cascading gardens spill over the facades of the buildings drawing a visual connection between the elevated green refuges and expansive tropical landscape on the ground. complex is also embedded within tropical flora, letting nature expand. sky gardens provide panoramic views across the interlace site and throughout the complex.


the architectural design also 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. water bodies have been strategically placed within wind corridors as a means of allowing evaporative cooling to happen along the wind paths, reducing local air temperatures and improving thermal comfort in outdoor recreation spaces.

OMA: the interlace residential complex, singapore a detail of how the buildings are stacked upon one another image courtesy of OMA

  • back to the ’60s I would say

    Marco says:

    LEO says:
  • wow

    ferd says:
  • Reminds me of [url=,_Sheffield]Park Hill[/url], Sheffield, UK.

    Finbury says:
  • gross.

    n/a says:
  • I would like to see the real thing, it might be great, or it might be stupid.

    5d says:
  • Intriguing and provocative.

    Adam W. says:
  • Check out [url=] Renaudies [/url] work

    Jean Lambert says:
  • It reminds me of buildings made out of shipping containers.

    sweat says:
  • Quite a few of those apartments will always have windows under a shadow of the block directly ontop of them.

    flytrap says:
  • OMA projects have OMA aesthetics, so if you like OMA you will like this too. Not necessary beautiful but I think it fits the urban context.

    Nakul says:
  • Count the number of responses…
    Everyone wants to say something.
    Other architects don’t generate this kind of reacxtion.

    Walter Cho says:
  • Amazingly lifeless

    Bobe says:
  • Contrast with the skyscraper exist now,I think it is better.

    Lozenx says:

    GBJ says:
  • as someone above mentioned about the sixties, it falls into the same modernist problem regarding context: it too far removes residents from each other and the urban context. Modern boxes in undifferentiated space. The architecture separates rather than connects.

    jmat11 says:
  • Very cool look and a excellent use of the available space to house maximum number of people while maintaining a open and airy “feel”

    t.rex says:
  • This looks like a sculpture I made out of Jenga blocks the other day

    Ocott Satman says:
  • wheres the architectural value in this,>

    luke damato says:
  • Terrible. I lived at Gillman Heights for 9 years, in one of the buildings they are tearing down to make way for this abortion. The whole beauty of the site is that it is on some of the highest ground in Singapore, and consequently enjoys a constant supply of wind — an exceedingly rare commodity in Singapore. This design completely squanders this advantage. And as for breaking away from the existing “typology” of private residential architecture in Singapore, that’s just a bad joke. Instead of taking advantage of the large (by Singapore standards) land area by leaving a big chunk of it open and undeveloped (which is how it is now), they are going to chop it up into a bunch of claustrophobic little hexagons, each cluttered with the Singapore standard-issue “resort living” crap (water fountains, potted palms, and God knows what else). Moreover, the hype-artists fail to mention that the site is bounded on one side by *the busiest* — and loudest — highway in Singapore (the Ayer Rajah Expressway). A main flaw of the existing design is that several of the blocks face this road. At the very least, I would have expected the new design to do better in this regard (to be fair to the designers of the condemned estate, the AYE was probably much quieter when Gillman Heights was built, some 20 years ago). But as far as I can tell, there will be (proportionally) *more* rather than fewer units facing this road. I’m sure the units will sell like hotcakes, because hype sells in Singapore, but I pity the people who have to live in this thing.

    Michael P. says:
  • this is so dumb, you’ll have to do so much walking down hallways just to get to a room on the top floor. There can’t really be a staircase or elevator that goes all the way from bottom to top, can there?

    paj says:
  • Hope it does not end like “the Bijlmermeer”, both share the hexagon layout, though the Bijlmer was built a while ago under very different circumstances…

    Mac says:
  • anyone has the floor plans?

    KL says:
  • I think there is a common block through the structures which will have to accommodate the elevator shaft and the garbage disposal chute. What is not clear that the wastewater lines will have lots of bends to reach the ground and hence strong possibility for blockages!

    ttime says:
  • just cannot believe that OMA came out with this crap

    fivemen says:
  • This is ugly as sin

    K says:
  • Why does everyone think the best solution to urban planning is to shove an unreasonable amount of people into close quarters. It feels gross and is gross living in that kind of density. Also it looks like a retirement community.

    no thanksy says:
  • It looks horrible to be honest, I thought we we’re trying to get rid of ugly concrete looking buildings like this

    Denny says:
  • I really like what you guys are usually up too.

    Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the good works guys I’ve you guys to my blogroll.

    Here is my blog post … ugg ___

    Ada says:

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