The Interlace: Singapore’s New Postcard
Radical new approach to contemporary living in a lush tropical environment
Issue: Aug 2010
A dramatic scene greets you as you drive towards the new landmark in the south of Singapore
In every sense of its name, The Interlace is the ultimate icon where nature is cleverly weaved into contemporary living; and architectural norms are challenged.
The Interlace is one of the largest and most ambitious residential developments in Singapore. It presents a radically new approach to contemporary living in a lush tropical environment.
The name, The Interlace, indeed reinforces the interconnectivity between man and the space, community and natural environment surrounding him.
Jointly developed by CapitaLand and Hotel Properties Limited, The Interlace is a 1,040-unit development built on an expansive eight-hectare elevated site. It is set amidst a verdant green belt at the Southern Ridges of Singapore.
The developers have envisioned the homes built on this site to last through the generations. They also wanted to define an address that the homeowners would identify with.
The Interlace created a buzz with many wanting to own a piece of Singapore’s next postcard landmark
A vertical village in the midst of lush landscaping
The development, which will be ready in 2015, has already generated much interest. Many were won over by its radical and pioneering architectural design, generous offering of space, lush landscaping, convenient location and its focus on the community. There are a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, penthouses and duplex garden units.
A Vertical Village
Designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), The Interlace breaks away from the standard typology of residential developments in Singapore, which are usually clusters of isolated, vertical towers. Instead, the design for The Interlace explores a dramatically different approach to tropical living with an expansive and interconnected network of communal spaces with the natural environment.
Thirty-one apartment blocks, each six stories tall, are stacked in a hexagonal arrangement to form eight large-scale open and permeable courtyards. The interlocking blocks resemble a ‘vertical village’ with cascading sky gardens and both private and public roof terraces.
This groundbreaking design challenges the present architectural definition of the living space. Not only has a lot of energy been put into developing the dramatic external form, much attention has also been given to detailing internal spaces that would create comfortable homes.
A Focus on Community
The Interlace offers an extensive array of amenities and facilities, which offer residents many opportunities for social interaction, leisure, and recreation amidst its natural environment.
Four pools (a 50-metre lap pool, kids pool, family pool and Jacuzzi pool), tennis courts, a multi-purpose court, outdoor exercise stations, a gardening zone, party pavilions, spa valley, a theatre plaza, clubhouse with gymnasium, karaoke rooms, billiard room and function halls are just some of the facilities found in the development, which is surrounded by lush vegetation.
And the design of The Interlace brings lots of nature to the residents’ doorsteps. The horizontal and interconnected blocks will create an interactive network of outdoor spaces within the green terrain. However, the privacy of individual apartment units is not compromised through the generous spacing of the building blocks.
The interlocking design allows for natural sunlight and ventilation
“The design addresses concerns of shared space and social needs in a contemporary society and simultaneously responds to issues of shared living and individuality by offering a multiplicity of indoor and outdoor spaces specific to the tropical context,” Mr Ole Scheeren, former partner at OMA, shares.
A Commitment To Nature
The 31 six-storey blocks are arranged on four main ‘Superlevels’ to form a stepped building topography.
The alternately stacked blocks create multi-storey openings, which allow natural light and ventilation to weave into its architecture and landscape. The blocks are well orientated to minimise west-facing façades. Deep, overhanging balconies and planter boxes provide shade for external façades.
Water features such as the lotus pond and waterfall are strategically placed along wind corridors to allow evaporative cooling along wind paths, thus lowering air temperatures and improving the comfort of outdoor recreation spaces.
By stacking the apartment blocks, the design also generates the opportunity for private roof gardens and landscaped public terraces.
An oasis that provides comfort and respite after a hard day’s work
Being on an elevated site means you can get panoramic views across and beyond from The Interlace. Sky gardens are either just at or above the tree canopy levels; bringing you so much closer to nature and offering you distant panoramic views of Singapore’s Central Business District and the Sentosa coastline towards the sea.
The Interlace, with its innovative design and lush cascading gardens, is set to be another focal point in the Southern Ridges area. The development will integrate seamlessly with the serene parks and dramatic bridges surrounding it, therefore completing the green belt.
Other green initiatives within the development will include solar panels that harness renewable energy, motion sensors to reduce energy usage, and water-efficient fittings to lower water consumption.
An Unparalleled Convenience
Sitting at the junction of Alexandra Road and Depot Road, The Interlace is bounded by the Ayer Rajah Expressway to the north and the Southern Ridges to the south. This connects The Interlace to the Kent Ridge, Telok Blangah Hill and Mount Faber parks as well as to the other conveniences of urban living.
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Enjoy a light meal at the breakfast nook in the open kitchen, an attractive feature in selected apartments
The four-bedroom apartments offer generous spaces for families
The Interlace is also readily accessible to numerous leisure and business hubs. It is a five-minute drive to VivoCity, Sentosa and the integrated resort, a 10-minute drive to the Central Business District and a 15-minute drive to Orchard Road.
For those who take the Mass Rapid Transit trains, the Queenstown, Redhill, HarbourFront and future Labrador Park train stations are minutes away from The Interlace, making it truly well connected to the transport network.
There are also many schools and tertiary institutions within this area. ISS International School, National University of Singapore, United World College, Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Anglo-Chinese Independent School, INSEAD and Crescent Girls' School are just minutes-drive away.
With such an excellent location in the lush Southern Ridges area and accessibility to retail, entertainment and office facilities, The Interlace will appeal to well-travelled and cosmopolitan homebuyers who have been searching for a home with a difference.
Homes at The Interlace are destined to set new standards and redefine urban living in every way.