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The Interlace apartments, Singapore, by OMA/Ole Scheeren – high-end design that’s affordable

Read the full article at: http://trendsideas.com/#/search/44675 The Interlace apartments feature stacked building blocks in an hexagonal pattern, and offers affordable housing in Singapore With its 31 stacked blocks and hexagonal plan, The Interlace is far from standard tower block design Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks at this dramatic design by OMA/Ole Scheeren When it comes to design, the word unique is one that is so overused these days that it’s started to lose its value. However, I’ve got no hesitation using unique to describe the project we’re looking at here – it’s The Interlace … a CapitaLand development in Singapore. Firstly, there’s the underlying philosophy behind the project – that high end residential projects by world renowned architectural firms should be accessible to a wide range of people … and not just an elite few. And then there’s the design itself … by Ole Scheeren for distinguished international firm OMA. This is no standard response to multi-residential projects which usually result in a huddle of separate high-rise towers. Instead, Scheeren has arranged 31 stacked blocks in a spectacular hexagonal pattern on the eight hectare siite. Each of these blocks is six storeys high – with a maximum height reaching up to 24 storeys – to provide apartments for 1000 households. These interlocking blocks resemble a vertical village, complete with cascading sky gardens … and both public and private roof terraces. But for Scheeren, the design is as much about the open spaces created between the blocks as the dramatic effect of stacking them. Not only do the openings help maximize the views for residents and allow light and breezes to penetrate, they also create sky gardens for outdoor living. Together with the eight themed courtyards and children’s playgrounds, the sky gardens contribute to another underlying concept of The Interlace – to encourage a sense of community and multi-generational interaction for its residents. Video: http://trendsideas.com/#/search/44677

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The Interlace apartments, Singapore, by Ole Scheeren of OMA – high-end design that’s affordable

Read the full article at: http://trendsideas.com/#/search/44675 The Interlace apartments feature stacked building blocks in an hexagonal pattern, and offers affordable housing in Singapore With its 31 stacked blocks and hexagonal plan, The Interlace is far from standard tower block design Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks at this dramatic design by Ole Scheeren of OMA When it comes to design, the word unique is one that is so overused these days that it’s started to lose its value. However, I’ve got no hesitation using unique to describe the project we’re looking at here – it’s The Interlace … a CapitaLand development in Singapore. Firstly, there’s the underlying philosophy behind the project – that high end residential projects by world renowned architectural firms should be accessible to a wide range of people … and not just an elite few. And then there’s the design itself … by Ole Scheeren for distinguished international firm OMA. This is no standard response to multi-residential projects which usually result in a huddle of separate high-rise towers. Instead, Scheeren has arranged 31 stacked blocks in a spectacular hexagonal pattern on the eight hectare site. Each of these blocks is six storeys high – with a maximum height reaching up to 24 storeys – to provide apartments for 1000 households. These interlocking blocks resemble a vertical village, complete with cascading sky gardens … and both public and private roof terraces. But for Scheeren, the design is as much about the open spaces created between the blocks as the dramatic effect of stacking them. Not only do the openings help maximize the views for residents and allow light and breezes to penetrate, they also create sky gardens for outdoor living. Together with the eight themed courtyards and children’s playgrounds, the sky gardens contribute to another underlying concept of The Interlace – to encourage a sense of community and multi-generational interaction for its residents. Video: http://trendsideas.com/#/search/44677

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Hi-tech office interiors for Envision in Shanghai - designed by M Moser Associates

Sleek aerodynamic shapes and a collaborative work environment characterise new offices for a global technology company Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks M Moser's office design for Envision in Shanghai Sleek, aerodynamic forms and a large, open floorplate create a free-flowing workplace for a company in the smart wind turbine business. Today's office environments place more and more emphasis on collaboration as their guiding principle -- doing away with the idea of splitting up teams into their own compartmentalized areas and encouraging a cross fertilization of ideas instead. When setting the brief for its new premises in Shanghai, Envision asked for a specific control room within the office for its engineers dealing with problems in the field. It's a global technology company, specializing in wind turbine technology, and so the office also needed to operate around the clock. But interior design firm M Moser Associates came up with a scheme that brought the engineers out into the open, so giving them better access to their support teams. The design expanded so the entire space became the control centre, with a large display wall at one end. Everyone can see this -- so the whole office can help resolve a problem that is projected onto the wall. The concept of collaboration also influenced the way the office is organized. Picking up on the physics of airstreams, M Moser has designed a space that allows freedom of movement through it and encourages the 75 staff members to work both individually and in team environments. The hi-tech nature of the business is reflected in the sleek design of the workstations that have some of the characteristics of wind turbines. But for me, what really stands out in this workspace is the huge, central conference table sitting on the key axis of the office. It's directly in front of the giant wall screens, ideally placed for company video conferences. And in keeping with the nature of the business, it has a strongly aerodynamic form which also extends to the bulkheads above and surrounding it. Overall M Moser has created an interior design for Envision that's fully in tune with the company's business, while at the same time encouraging a much more inclusive and collaborative way for staff to interact. Read the full article at: http://my.trendsideas.com/#/search/43739 Video: http://my.trendsideas.com/#/search/43740

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