The advances in construction and visualisation technology over the past few years have led to a sort of fatigue. Where once the more outlandish rendered images would be met with derision, showing as they did projects that would never be buildable, we’re all now used to the notion that such proposals will eventually end up in front of us. But sometimes a project appears and it comes as a genuine surprise that it’s been built at all. One such project is The Interlace, a luxury housing block in Singapore designed by Ole Scheeren and OMA that is fast approaching completion. A series of near-identical residential blocks stacked across each other, it’s a quasi-chaotic arrangement of cantilevers and bridges that the design team has described as “a radically new approach to contemporary living in a tropical environment”. When it was first revealed in 2009, it looked distinctly unbelievable. Now it’s almost here, there is still something odd about it.
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