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Singapore’s ‘Vertical Village’ Named Building of the Year

Lage’ in Singapore has been named the World Building of the Year.

Judges at the eighth annual World Architecture Festival, held at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore, awarded the top prize to The Interlace.

The village, designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Buro Ole Scheeran was praised for its “radical and alternative” approach to living in a tropical environment.

The Interlace was praised as ‘radical’ and ‘alternative’

Festival director Paul Finch said the housing project was “blazing a trail with an example of bold, contemporary architectural thinking.”

“The project presents an alternative way of thinking about developments which might otherwise become generic tower clusters.”

The building contains 31 ‘stacked’ residential blocks and is six stories tall. Swimming pools, tennis courts, gardens and roof terraces are also featured in the village.

Other awards included the Future Project of the year award which was given to Vancouver House in Canada; the silhouette of which is said to resemble “a curtain being drawn aside”.


Stadium in east London also scooped the 2015 Future-Led Development prize on day one of the festival, with a judge praising that the building was “sustainable, efficient and respectful of London’s Olympic heritage”.


UK prize went to the Wellington College Performing Arts Centre, in Berkshire which won the Future Projects Education award. According to judges, the centre has “a poetic relationship between the planned spaces and the existing building and landscape”, with the forest for a backdrop.

The performing arts centre at Wellington College received the ‘schools’ future project award. The 2016 awards will be hosted in Berlin, after being held in Singapore for the past four years.