OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren’s housing scheme in Singapore has been crowned World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival
Judges selected the 170,000m2 housing scheme for its ‘radical and alternative’ approach to contemporary living in a tropical environment.
The project, named Interlace, contains 31 six-storey apartment blocks stacked around eight large-scale courtyards.
The interlocking blocks form a vertical village with cascading sky gardens and both private and public roof terraces.
World Architecture Festival director Paul Finch praised the project: ‘The Interlace is blazing a trail with an example of bold, contemporary architectural thinking. The project presents an alternative way of thinking about developments which might otherwise become generic tower clusters’.
BIG’s Vancouver House was also named Future Project of the Year at the three-day-long international festival.
‘This is a delightful project that generates an exemplar new urban typology, mitigating the destructive impact of the highway flyover and creating an opportunity from typically abandoned public space,’ said the judges.
Previous winners of the World Building of the Year Award include a ‘recycled’ chapel in Vietnam designed by a21studio (2014), Grafton Architects’ Luigi Bocconi University in Milan (2008), Zaha Hadid’s Stirling Prize-winning MAXXI in Rome (2010) and Gardens by the Bay by Wilkinson Eyre (2012).
Today marks the end of the festival’s four year-long run in Singapore and in 2016 it will be held in Berlin.