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The Interlace: Building of the Year 2015

ON357 - DEC/2015

The Interlace, a vertical village in Singapore, has been crowned Building of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival (WAF). The residential complex designed by OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren is a radically new approach that approximates the contemporary lifestyle of tropical environments.

The Interlace, considered to be one of the most ambitious residential developments in Singapore’s history, is an intricate web of homes and social spaces interwoven with the natural environment. Instead of following the usual template for dwellings in clusters of standalone towers, here the vertical turns horizontal; 31 apartment blocks, each one six floors in height and seventy metres long, are stacked hexagonally around open courtyards to create myriad outdoor spaces, both private and shared, on different levels.

In the category of Future Projects, the jury recognised Vancouver House, in Canada, by BIG Bjarke Ingells Group. The project’s site is located in a difficult spot bisected by an overpass. BIG’s answer to optimise the living conditions of the future residents, both up in the air and at street level, was to put the dwellings in the upper part, leaving a large public space free at its base.

The award for Landscape of the Year 2015 went to Yanweizhou Park in China, a project by Turenscape International. Located at the mouth of three rivers, each one more than a hundred metres wide, the project uses an innovative strategy that creates embankments covered in native vegetation that resists flooding when the flow rises. The pedestrian paths that join up both bans of the river and the park’s pavilions are integrated into the planting terraces, adapting to the seasonal flooding.

In Small Project 2015, praised for its imaginative response and described by the judges as a “heroic result”, the winner was Lidingövallen, a Swedish football stadium in miniature designed by DinellJohansson.

This year’s Color Award went to the ONS Incek Showroom and Sales Office in Turkey by Yazgan Design Architecture. The jury recognised the use of colour and its perfect integration into the architectural forms.


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