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The Interlace: Jenga-Like Apartments for Singapore
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On September 4, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | No Comments
We think the architect must have had a blast designing this new apartment complex for Singapore — playing with the different stacking arrangements until he came up with this interlaced arrangement of apartment blocks. The Interlace, designed by Office for Metropolitan Architecture , was a carefully concieved design, taking into account the surrounding micro-climate, wind and solar resources, as well as privacy for individual apartments. With lush rooftop gardens , and flowering balconies, we think they’ll be many clambering to get into one of these pads.
To be built in the Gillman Heights suburb in Singapore, The Interlace will provide luxury apartments away from the dense city center – but still within close proximity. Built from 316-story apartment blocks on almost 20 acres, the apartment complex will have 1,040 units of varying size. The unusual arrangement of the stacked blocks creates eight large interior courtyards and coupled with generous spacing, individual apartments will enjoy both privacy and views .
Rooftops offer a place for communal gathering, covered in landscaped gardens where vegetation cascades over the sides and down balconies and decks. Residential amenities are interwoven into the complex to encourage social interaction, leisure, and recreation.
The arrangement of the blocks is more than aesthetic, it is also a response to the site analysis of existing micro-climate, sun and wind conditions. Solar passive design  was integrated to minimize heat gain and to provide ample natural light. The extensive garden space will draw residents out of their homes and into the outdoors. Patricia Chia, CEO of CapitaLand Residential Singapore, said , “The name, The Interlace, reinforces the interconnectivity of the community with the surrounding natural environment. Ole Scheeren has created a new landmark for Singapore.”
Via designboom 
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