Ole Scheeren's "vertical village" named World Building of the Year 2015

World Architecture Festival 2015: Ole Scheeren has won World Building of the Year 2015 for The Interlace, a series of apartment blocks stacked diagonally across one another to frame terraces and gardens.

Conceived as the antithesis to tower blocks, The Interlace is made up of 31 apartment buildings that have been arranged and stacked in a honeycomb arrangement to frame eight large hexagonal courtyards.

The Interlace by Ole Scheeren

Scheeren led the project, which occupies a site in Singapore, while working at Rem Koolhaas' firm OMA. He now runs his own Beijing-based studio Buro Ole Scheeren, which has now expanded to Berlin and Bangkok.

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Speaking to Dezeen in an exclusive interview last year, he described The Interlace as a "blatant reversal of a typology".

The Interlace by Ole Scheeren

"Housing has become simply compressed into a very standardised format. I think this project shows in a really dramatic way, and also in a significant scale, that something else is possible," he said.

Six-storey blocks are stacked up in twos, threes and fours, creating three peaks of 24 storeys. The large multi-storey voids between blocks allow light and ventilation across the site.

The Interlace by Ole Scheeren

The project beat 16 other category winners announced on day one and day two of the festival, including a bamboo community centre in Vietnam  and a domed transport hub in New York.

The Interlace by Ole Scheeren

Last year the World Building of the Year award went to The Chapel community centre by a21 studio, which was built using recycled materials and colourful fabric. In an interview with Dezeen, architect Toan Nghiem described the project as a "big colourful lantern".

Dezeen is media partner for both the World Architecture Festival and Inside Festival, which concluded today at the Marina Bay Sands hotel and conference centre in Singapore.

Photography is by Iwan Baan.