New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/9 - Page 71

Preceding pages:With its 31 stacked blocks arranged in a hexagonal pattern, The Interlace creates a new form of vertical village. The buildings enclose large courtyards that provide a wealth of recreational facilities. Below:Each block is six storeys high, but at no point does the development exceed the stipulated 24 storeys. The openings between the buildings create physical and visual permeability, providing cross ventilation and maximising views. Distinguished architectural firms are most often commissioned to design prestigious projects for the high end of the market. But the experience and skills they can bring to a more populist market niche can have far greater ramifications. This Singapore project proves that innovative architecture is not the sole prerogative of an elite few. Rather, it can be accessible to a much wider market – in this case more than 1000 households. The Interlace, developed by CapitaLand Singapore, was designed by architect Ole Scheeren working for OMA. The design brief was straightforward – the development needed to create an iconic urban habitat of the future, says Wong Heang Fine, chief executive officer of CapitaLand Singapore (Residential). “This was always going to be an exemplary development that would promote a sustainable, highly accessible and eco-friendly living environment, with a strong sense of community,” he says. “We set out to create an outstanding design for a development that is not only within reach of those who aspire to own a private residential unit, but also those who aspire to a unique lifestyle.” The design was driven by many factors, including the shape of the 8ha site, which completes a 9km green belt. It was also determined by the need to maximise opportunities for social interaction. SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT 69