The Interlace by OMA and Ole Scheeren
nears completion


An OMA-designed housing complex comprising 31 apartment blocks stacked diagonally across one another is nearing completion in Singapore (+ slideshow).

The Interlace by OMA and Ole Scheeren

The Interlace was designed by former OMA partner Ole Scheeren, who has since moved on to set up his own studio. It is made up of a series of near-identical six-storey blocks, which have been arranged in a honeycomb pattern around six hexagonal courtyards.

The Interlace by OMA and Ole Scheeren

Set to complete in 2014, the 170,000 square-metre complex will offer 1040 apartments and is located at the intersection of Ayer Rajah Expressway and Alexandra Road in the south west of the city.

The Interlace by OMA and Ole Scheeren

The stacked arrangement of the structure creates numerous cantilevers and bridges around the exterior spaces. Gardens are located over the rooftops, while staircases are positioned at the overlaps between blocks.

The Interlace by OMA and Ole Scheeren

Other communal features include a lotus pond, a waterfall, an open-air theatre and a rock garden.

The Interlace by OMA and Ole Scheeren

Dezeen visited the building last week during a visit to Singapore, as part of the Dezeen and Mini World Tour. The trip included a tour of the city with Colin Seah of local architecture studio Ministry of Design, who also took us to his studio's New Majestic Hotel.

The Interlace by OMA and Ole Scheeren

OMA unveiled its design for The Interlace in 2009, but the delivery has been carried out under the direction of property developer CapitaLand Residential.

The Interlace by OMA and Ole Scheeren

OMA has also recently completed the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China and renovated the North Delegates' Lounge at the United Nations buildings in New York in collaboration with Hella Jongerius. See more architecture by OMA »

The Interlace by OMA
Site plan

Other new buildings from Singapore include a hotel featuring balconies covered in tropical plants and contoured surfaces based on rock formations. See more architecture in Singapore »

The Interlace by OMA
Massing diagram

Photos are copyright Dezeen.

  • graham

    Plans? Sections? Too much eye candy on these designy blogs.

  • David

    Such an ironic copy of the Bijlmer. Horizontality is replaced by meaningless interlocking around elevator shafts.

  • Luck

    Wow, finally a new neighbourhood lees in Singapore, the pushers thank.

  • yo

    Ironic or not, the blocks didn’t need to be so generic, which is in fact a euphemism for “ugly”. Bring me the Chinese stock exchange tower any time.

  • ep

    I’ve seen it in person. It’s totally hideous and imposing. WAY too big and completely unrelated to its surroundings. It just looks like massive chunks plopped down onto the ground. Singapore’s tropical climate is so well-suited for indoor/outdoor living and balconies, which some of these apartments don’t even have. Bit of a shame.

  • spadestick

    There are some awkward units caused by this configuration of overlapping blocks. They are the ones directly under the bridges. But overall, it definitely lends iconic value to the rest of the island. The ghetto-like feel of neighbouring blocks being too close for comfort, is just slightly better than the majority of apartments throughout Singapore, but definitely not worth the beginning prices of 1.5million pounds upwards per tiny apartment.

  • Simon

    Looks dated already… deary me.

  • studio

    Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.