The Interlace Singapore, World Building 2015

Last week was held the World Architecture Festival (WAF) at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; It is one of the most anticipated of the year and the prizes that are awarded, one of the most valued in the world architecture and design. For three days, the WAF brought together more than two thousand of the world’s most prestigious designers who attended discussions, presentations, and of course, celebrations around the architecture and architects.

During a gala dinner, the WAF announced the winners of the prizes awarded each year; the highest award, World Building of the Year (world building of the year) has been for The Interlace, a residential complex that exposes new concept of vertical village, designed by OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture Rem Koolhaas) and the German architect Ole Scheeren (associate of the firm and designer among others from the Museum of art of the L.a. County (LACMA) (, headquarters of CCTV and Cultural Center TVCC in Beijing and the project manager of OMA across Asia and a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong).

Other notable awards have been the Future Project of the Year (future project) winner: House Vancouver / Canada / BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; Landscape of the Year (landscape) winner: Yanweizhou Park / China / Turenscape International; Small Project (small project) Prize: Lidingovallen / Sweden / DinellJohansson; AkzoNobel completo Prize for Colour in Exterior Architecture (colorful outdoors): ONS INCEK Showroom & Sales Office / Turkey / Yazgan Design Architecture.

The Interlace (interlaced) is a spectacular and ambitious residential complex located on Alexandra Road Singapore stacking a total of 31 apartments blocks, each with a height of 70 metres in length in hex sets, and 6 apartments generating independent environments around courtyards with parks, swimming pools and leisure spaces, creating an intricate interlacing which perfectly justifies the name of the project. In the words of Paul Finch, director of the WAF “The Iterlace is an example of bold, contemporary architectural thought that provides a new and radical approach to contemporary life in a tropical atmosphere”.

The Interlace responds perfectly to the needs of time and space; instead of placing the blocks in vertical e independent on the soil, which until now was the usual, stacking them on each other creating complex vertical structures which, on the one hand, define particular ground-level spaces while offering spaces filled terraces and gardens in the heights. In only 8 acres of grounds, Ole Scheeren has managed to get 170,000 square meters of living space that includes 1040 apartments of 144 square meters each, 2600 parking spaces underground, 1500 metres for services to the community and a House club, 500 metres for trade retail and 24,000 square meters for common areas parks and gardens. The development of the project has been the responsibility of Builder CapitalLand Singapore.

The Interlace designed by Ole Scheeren generates a wide network of social, collective and private spaces around eight generous courtyards. It’s a radical reinterpretation of contemporary living within a community; designed for urban environments with a high population density The Interlace simply change the default type of housing based on horizontal connectivity. The Interlace offers in addition a set of perspectives, since there are countless points of view changing every step inside the large building and reinvents the concept of living in community offering many more spaces than usual.

Life in The Interlace is articulated around the eight large open courtyards (each of 60 metres in length) that is interconnected by a main pedestrian route and multiple side paths. Variety of areas of activity have been created around each courtyard: a Central Square, Plaza Theatre, water park, clubhouse, rooms, theatre, karaoke, fitness, reading rooms, a swimming pool of 50 m., swimming pools for children and a solarium. Each patio has a suggestive as The Hills, Bamboo Garden, La Cascada, Lotus Pond or Rainforest Spa and provide areas of Sun and shadow, plays to outdoor activities and areas for picnics, swimming pools and landscaped gardens.

Around the entire project are BBQ areas, tennis courts, other sports and Multipurpose; organic gardens, pet areas, jogging path, and spaces for other practices like yoga or tai-chi, all of them connected by paths with central courtyards.

All The Interlace design is intended to take advantage of the energy and natural resources in search of sustainability, respect for the environment and the low impact on the environment. Prior to construction a number of environmental studies were carried out to allow the maximum use of solar, wind and the daytime running light, both in the landscape design of the buildings. For example, although The Interlace only occupies 8 hectares, it has a 112% in green area thanks to the garden terraces which generates the structure of blocks; These zones sources and bodies of water in places have been placed strategically by those who pass the wind corridors, allowing the natural cooling by evaporation to lower the temperature during the summer, recreating areas with microclimates. As a result, the project has been awarded the Universal Design Mark Platinum Award and Green Mark Gold PLUS Award from completo Singapore Building and Construction Authority.

And that is not all: The Interlace is conceived as a universe in itself, in fact has own applications for shopping, interact with the neighbors and even has its own games.


Leisure and night in Singapore city environment


The nightlife of Singapore is not as diverse as in other cities around the world. Opportunities tend to be directed to a very select clientele and triumph bars and trendy clubs or the karaokes. In this scenario, left little room for an alternative music scene, although the majority of locals are full on weekends.

Some areas are very popular among tourists, such as Boat Quay, with its rows of stores converted to noisy bars and restaurants overlooking the river. The bars of the hotels along Orchard Road are a safe bet for a drink in a refined place or meet with clients. Near this street is Emerald hill Road, which has a variety of lively bars that attract locals and tourists alike.

The area with more environment night is it located around Mohammed Sultan Road, near which are located the Robertson Quay, with its elegant local facing the sea. East Coast account with few bars respectable, while Tanjong Pagar attracts a heterogeneous clientele and to the last, English-style bars and their karaoke.

The majority of them clubs open of 22.00 to 01.00 of Sunday to Thursday and from 22.00 to 03.00 them Friday and Saturday. Dress can be casual, yet elegant, and the minimum age to consume alcohol is 18, although some locals only serve alcohol to 21 years or older. Is must pay input (some $25) in them sites more popular, especially them end of week. Drinks tend to be quite expensive, although many bars offer “happy hour” or promotions ‘two for one’ for drinks at certain hours of the night.

He is more information available on IS Magazine (free), a publication with listing of sites and reviews, available in many settlements of the island.

If you want to take one of the famous cocktail Singapore, 1 Beach must go to the Bar & Billiard Room, located in the colonial grandeur of the Raffleshotel, Road. The beautiful Emerald Hill Street, with its shops of the 19th century of the Peranakan culture, contains several bars, of which the most lively is probably Ice Cold Beer, 9 Emerald Hill, only famous for their delicious icy beers. For a drink civilized way in an intimate and sophisticated atmosphere, call to the Bar Opiume, 1 Empress Place Waterfront, that stands out due to its magnificent location with a cool terrace on the river that attracts a clientele of chic. To make a chocolate martini, should go to the Mezza9 Martini Bar, Grand Hyatt, Scotts Road.

It is forbidden to play in Singapore. The only legal alternatives are Lottery and betting at the Singapore Turf Club horse racing Racecourse (see sports

The enormous Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street, is considered the pioneer of the “clubbing” in Singapore institution. It attracts predominantly a young and modern clientele and has recently seen performances by famous DJs such as Sacha, Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed and international groups. Within its walls are the most peaceful Velvet Underground, which comes more mature clientele and Phuture, a small club with breakbeat and hip hop music. One of the most accomplished and casual clubs is dbl-O, in Mohamed Sultan Road, 11 Unity St, Robertson Walk. The place has high ceilings, three bar areas and an excellent sound system on which sound greatest hits dance, retro and pop several nights a week.

The most famous to attend a comedy show is the 1Nite Stand, 3 River Valley Road, a bar and comedy club performances by comedians from all over the world. Boom Boom Boom, 130 Amoy Street, Far East Square, is famous for its host drag queen, Kumar, its other comedians dressed up and having the reputation of preparing the “sling” (cocktails) best of Singapore.

As in the rest of Asia, the karaoke is here an entertainment night disproportionately popular. Kabuki Deluxe Nite Club, 15 Cairnhill Road, has no private rooms, but the audience can entertain with the efforts of others. JJ Mahoney’s, 58 Duxton Road, organised between musical performances karaoke sessions live.

The Harry’s Bar, 28 Boat Quay, located in a store renovated with view to the River, is famous for its magnificent jazz live and very popular among bankers and stockbrokers in the city. Also with an excellent reputation for its resident band, Bar None, in the basement of the Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, is packed on weekends with a mix of tourists, expatriates and local. Zouk (see clubs) is the best local to the biggest names in music and has recently offered performances by Kylie Minogue and M People. The Crazy Elephant, Clark Quay Trader completo Market, 3E River Valley Road, is a pleasant and informal bar with R & B and classic rock live, which has hosted some great performances.


Culture and religion are intertwined in Singapore so much stronger in the West. Along the year, in the streets and temples of the city have place crowd of festivals and celebrations that reflect them different beliefs and origins of this society multicultural composed of Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Sikh. The most followed calendar is Chinese and the Chinese new year, during which everything closes for several days, is the largest of all festival.

The artistic scene of Singapore, with a predominance of art, music and performances-Malay, Chinese and Indian, reflects the influences of the region. Most commercial performances are also well represented with the Singapore Arts Festival, which is held every June and attracts international dance, theatre and music groups. Them performances international tend to wake up much interest and the entries must book is with much advance. However, it is easier to attend shows by local artists. Most popular events also include local productions of Broadway hits. Often is celebrated performances free of theatre and music in the parks local.

Singapore is a good place to see and buy art locally and throughout Asia. The cultural diversity of the city makes that local artists should cover a variety of themes and styles. Some of the most prominent galleries include the Singapore Art Museum, Bras Basah Road (tel: 6332 3222; website:; Replacement, at Raffles Hotel (tel: 6334-4677; fax: 6333 5215; e-mail:; website:; Art2 in The Substation, Armenian Street (tel: 6337 7535 or 7800; fax: 6337-2729; e-mail:; website:, which specializes in contemporary works and galleries on the ground floor of the Ministry of information, communication and arts, MITA Building, 140 Hill Street (tel: 6270 7988; e-mail:; web page: ))

Is can consult information on those events daily in the periodic local (the daily more important in language English is the Straits Times). The magazines IS and BC are free publications with good lists and reviews of exhibitions, dance, art and music. Also is can obtain information additional on the Council national of the arts (tel: 6746 4622; fax: 6837 3017; website: or of the Singapore Tourism Board. You can book tickets through Sistic (tel: 6348 5555; website: or Ticketcharge (tel: 6296 2929; fax: 6296 9897; e-mail:; web page: )).

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (tel: 6338 1230; fax: 6336-6382; e-mail:; website: offers performances all Fridays, Saturdays and some Sundays at the Victoria Concert Hall, Empress Place (tel: 6338 6125; fax: 6333 0041; website:, at the Esplanade Concert Hall (tel: 6828-8222; fax: 6337-3633;; web page: and also outdoor. Founded in 1979, the Orchestra Symphony of Singapore is of combine the music Asian and Western and his reputation, although still fragile, is every time better. Opera China of Singapore (tel: 6440 3839; website: offers opera china at its headquarters, the Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way (tel: 6440 3839; fax: 2915 6557; website: Lyric Opera of Singapore, Waterloo Street (tel: 6336 1929; fax: 6337 1706; e-mail:; website:, often offers performances of Western classics in several local.

The local theatre companies put great energy in the production of contemporary theater works with an Asian flavor that reflects the ethnic diversity of Singapore. He local more large and new for assist to representations of arts performing is The Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive (tel: 6828 8222; fax: 6337 3633;; web page:, a complex facing the sea composed by a salon of concerts, a study for recitals, two theatres and a gallery of art. Some of the most prolific theatre companies are: Cecil Street, Singapore Repertory Theatre(tel: 6221 5585; fax: 6221 1936; e-mail:; website:, which acts at the DBS Arts Centre, 6 Shenton Way; TheatreWorks (tel: 6338-4077; fax: 6338 8299; e-mail:; website:, based in the Black Box in Fort Canning Centre, Cox Terrace Fort Canning Park and Wild Rice (tel: 6292 2695; fax: 6292 2249; e-mail:; website: in the room Substation, 45 Armenian Street (tel: 6337 7535 website: tel: 6337 7535 or 7800; fax: 6337 2729; e-mail) :; (web page:, will represent dramas modern and experimental.


Ecnad Project (tel: 6226 6404; e-mail:; website: is a young professional group of performing arts celebrated for its avant-garde and dynamic representations. Act in the Telok yesterday Performing Arts Centre, in Cecil Street. The Singapore Dance Theatre (tel: 6338 0611; fax: 6338 9748; e-mail:; website: leads to stage performances of classical dance and ballet at the Fort Canning Centre, Cox Terrace Fort Canning Park. One of the most popular events is the Ballet Under the Stars (Ballet under the stars), which is held twice a year at Fort Canning Hill.


The Singapore International Film Festival is held annually in April (website: and hosts films and documentaries from all over the world. There are also others festivals of cinema abroad throughout the year. The Film Festival Starlight (website: is an event of a month-long held outdoors in Fort Canning Green (from mid-June). Commercial films, with a predominance of the Hollywood “blockbusters”, are very popular and the towns are often exhausted.

Major theaters that scheduled films in English include the Cathay Orchard, 8 Grange Road, and the Cathay Causeway Point, 1 Woodlands Square (tel: 6235-1155; fax: 6735-8389; website:; Lido, Shaw House, 350 Orchard Rd; Bugis, Parco Bugis Junction; Balastier, 360 Balastier Road, Prince/Jade, Shaw Tower, 100 Beach Road (all in the tel: 6738 0555; website:; and the Golden Village, 68 Orchard Rd (tel: 1900 912 1234; website: There are no cinemas in the city, but the Alliance Française (tel: 6737 8422; fax: 6733 3023; website: shows films of French commercial and alternative cinema every Thursday.

Cultural events

The calendar of cultural events of the city offers a mix of traditional religious festivals and representations of contemporary arts. In January, the Hindus celebrate the Thaipusam, a period of devotion, penance and Thanksgiving. However, these celebrations are overshadowed by the year new moon, the point more height of the calendar Chinese (January / February) and during which, the streets of Chinatown is fill of parades, lights, decorations and dances of dragons. The Day of Vesakin may, celebrates the birth, lighting, and death of Buddha. The Dragon Boat Festival, which is held each June, fishermen celebrate the heroism of the poet and Chinese Patriot Qu Yuan. The huge Celebration of the national dayparade, on 9 August, marks the anniversary of the independence of Singapore. The Festival of the ghost hungry (of August to September) is one of the major festivals Chinese. Throughout the month held sumptuous banquets and performances of opera china Street. At The Lantern Festival, in September, children fill the Chinese garden with colorful paper lanterns. He festival hindu Deepavali (October / November) marks the victory of the well on the wrong and in it, them temples of Little India are decorated with lamps and garlands. Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Puasa which marks the end of Ramadan (month of fasting) in October/November.

Throughout the year are celebrated multitude of events artistic. Some of these include the Singapore Art Festival (Singapore Arts Festival), held in June with music, dance and drama by local and international artists; the WOMAD, that takes Fort Canning Park during three days of August; ARTSingapore, exhibiting works of contemporary art from Southeast Asia, and Singapore Music Festival (Singapore Music Festival). The Festival of cinema of Singapore, held normally in April, is of follow opening is road in a society with so much censorship that usually prefer events as it large sales, in mayo / June. Both (the web site of the Ministry of information, communication and arts) and (Singapore Tourism Board).

Literary notes

‘If you visit Singapore, eat in Raffles’. This phrase of Rudyard Kipling, who visited Singapore after leaving India in 1889, was a good publicity for this hotel, while the writer spoke of “a place called the Raffles hotel, where the food is excellent and the bad rooms”.

The Raffles has been for more than one century a fertile field of creative writing to authors like James Michener, Herman Hesse, Noel Coward, Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad. The hotel’s Writer´s Bar (Bar of the writers) was named in his honor. Somerset Maugham sought, more than any other writer, inspiration in their repeated visits to the island. His short stories about colonial life in Singapore include The Outstation Yellow Streak, The Casuarina and the controversial letter (1927), story based on the real murder of her lover by the wife of a rubber planter.

More recently, the Singapore story has been told by the main person responsible for its success: the Prime Minister and now Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, grandson of a worker of the Hakka tribe of northern China. Their memories, From Third World to First-The Singapore Story (2000), recall them events prior to the independence of Singapore, from the mandate colonial British, passing by the occupation Japanese, to get to the insurrection Communist. Defending the Lion City (2000) by Tim Huxley is the first study of importance of the armed forces of Singapore in which its military strategy, their perspective and their policies are analyzed.

Among the most important contemporary novelists of Singapore is Hwee Hwee Tan, whose Foreign Bodies: A Novel (1999) tells the story of an authoritarian State in which three uprooted friends are involved in an international football betting syndicate. His latest novel, Mammon Inc. (2001), is a scathing satire of our times. The Bondmaid (1997), of Catherine Lim, shows a Singapore very different during the Decade of the 50, a city United to their estate Chinese, their traditions and their beliefs. Two recent and popular readings are Got Singapore (2002), a collection of articles and stories written by journalist Richard Lim which tells with humor and personally his experiences since the 60s until the 80s; In Notes from an Even Smaller Island (2002), Neil Humphreys dissects the culture and the style of life of Singapore from the point of view of an expatriate.

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