The Interlace adopts a new residential typology which breaks away from the standard isolated, vertical apartment towers of Singapore. The large-scale complex takes a more expansive and interconnected approach to living through communal spaces which are integrated into its lush surrounding greenbelt.
The complex is made up of 31 stacked apartment blocks, each six stories tall and identical in length, which have been arranged in a honeycomb pattern around six hexagonal courtyards. The stacked arrangement of the structure creates numerous cantilevers and bridges around the exterior spaces.
The Interlace landscaping takes up eight-hectares, with the arrangement of the buildings maximizing the presence of the surrounding tropical floral by introducing extensive roof gardens, landscaped sky terraces, cascading balconies and lush green areas. The continuous landscape is also projected vertically, from the planting of green areas in open-air basement voids, through balconies and rooftop gardens. The private balconies give apartments large outdoor space and personal planting areas. Cascading gardens spill over the facades of the building drawing a visual connection between the elevated green refuges and expansive tropical landscape on the ground.
The architectural design also incorporates sustainability features through careful environmental analysis of sun, wind and micro-climate conditions on site and the integration of low-impact passive energy strategies. Water bodies have been strategically placed within wind corridors as a means of allowing evaporative cooling to happen along the wind paths, reducing local air temperatures and improving thermal comfort in outdoor recreation space.
The Interlace is set for completion in 2014.