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OMA takes its unique skyscraper vision to Singapore - image

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has added another zany scheme to his growing portfolio of unusual skyscrapers, with this 153m-tall apartment block in Singapore.

The latest wacky high-rise by Rem Koolhaas' practice will house 68 luxury flats and will sit at the corner of Scotts Road and Cairnhill Road, close to the city-state's famous Orchard Road, and follows a number of recent Rem projects, including a US skyscraper (Rem stacks big in New Jersey ).

Boasting 20,000m2 of built floor space, the tower has been designed to keep the building's footprint to a minimum, allowing the 'liberated ground level' to become communal leisure areas.

The building's four individual apartment towers will be suspended at different heights from the central core.

The scheme has been designed chiefly by Ole Scheeren, director of OMA's office in Beijing and the man responsible for the massive 575,000m2 CCTV tower and TVCC cultural centre currently under construction in the Chinese metropolis.

Scheeren said: 'The design vertically redistributes the floor area in four alternating towers to create a skyscraper in which architectural and urbanistic concerns merge with mechanisms that create added value.

'The architecture, in this sense, goes beyond form and generates symbiotic qualities.'

by Richard Waite

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