The Interlace, a 'vertical village', designed by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren won the prestigious distinction as World Building of the Year 2015 at the the World Architecture Festival in Singapore in November 2015. All individual category winners vied for the top titles of World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year in the annual festival.
Interlace, seen here, is one of the most ambitious residential development in Singapore's history, with an intricate network of living and social spaces intertwined with the natural environment.
Check out all the winners.
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Setting aside the standard housing concept in the region - clusters of isolated towers -the vertical is turned horizonal, with 31 apartment blocks, each six stories tall and nearly 230 feet long, the Interlace design creates shared and private outdoor spaces on multiple levels.
World Architecture Festival Director Paul Finch praised the project, stating "The Interlace is 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."
Vancouver House in Canada by BIG Bjarke Ingells Group took the title of Future Project of the Year competing against the best projects yet to be completed.
The project negotiates a difficult site trisected by an overpass optimizing the conditions for its future inhabitants - in the air as well as on the street.
The project demonstrates how architecture can successfully transform urban spaces by taking advantage of the air rights above, creating a form that is both purposeful and beautiful.
The Cam Thanh Community House in Vietnam by 1+1> Architects won the Completed Building: Civic and Community prize for "a beautifully simple building designed for the community, by the community."
The structure uses local resources and materials. Natural vegetation provides shade. A sloped roof facilitates collecting rainwater used in irrigation and daily activities. The design was inspired by the courtyards of traditional homes typical of Hoi An.
Studio Arthur Casas and Atelier Marko Brajovic's Expo Milano 2015 structure won in the Completed Display category.
The aim was to combine architecture and scenery to communicate Brazilian values and the aspirations of its agriculture and livestock farming, in accordance with the theme "Feeding the world with solutions."
The earthly colors of the metal structure is meant to highlight "Brazilianess." A bouncing rope canopy separates the lower garden level from the upper level. Sustainability is a key concern.
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The Completed Project for Health winner is the Walumba Elders Centre in Australia designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook.
After the town of Warmun was devastated by a catastrophic flood, the architects were tasked with rebuilding the community facility buildings and the old Walumba Aged Care Centre, working directly with the community elders and care staff to achieve what judges describe as "an informed and sensitive response to the social and environmental context."
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The winner in the Completed Education & Research category is Toho Gakuen School of Music by Nikken Sekkei of Japan.
The building was designed so that each space endures optimal acoustic performance for a particular instrument.
The Completed Hotel & Leisure category winner is the Lanserhof Lake Tegern resort which consists of 70 rooms and combines luxury hotel facilities with state-of-the-art medical care.
The Completed New & Old category winner is the Courtyard House Plugin by People's Architecture Office of Beijing.
This prefabricated modular structure is literally plugged into the existing historic courtyard houses in Beijing with minimal need for destroying existing structures.
The Completed Culture Buildings category winner is Soma City Home for All in Japan by Klein Dytham Architecture.
The probono project is an indoor play space for children under 4 years-old, positioned at the heart of the acres of temporary housing that were built to replace the 250, 000 homes destroyed in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Conceived as a large straw hat held aloft by trees, this building provides a safe indoor play space that is an important amenity for the community amidst ongoing concerns about background radiation levels.
The Completed House category winner is Saigon House by a21 studio for its "playful and communal" design.
It was built using bricks, roof and floor tiles, doors and windows, and furniture found in local scrap yards for a sustainable approach to construction.
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The Mixed Use category winner is Casba by Billard Leece of SJB Architects from Australia. The project was judged to successfully blend the public realm with retail and residential purposes.
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Higo by Nakayama Architects of Japan is the Completed Office category winner. According to the festival judges, it came out on top for a "magical, habitable, almost invisible structure" that was deemed a spectacular feat, particularly since it is located in an earthquake zone.
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The Completed Projects Religion category winner is the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies by the Qatar Foundation and Mangera Yvars Architects. The center is both a school and prayer place "pushing the boundaries of traditional Islamic architecture, " according to the judges.
The building corridors display relief panels depicting the beauty of elements of the architectural heritage of the Muslim world, and all interiors have visual or physical access to gardens. Calligraphy wraps around the central courtyards and minarets in a manner consistent with the overall architectural design.
In the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, a space dedicated to research and debate about Islam, the architects employed geometric patterns, developed as an interpretation of traditional Islamic designs.
The Completed Schools category winner is the Ballet School, St. Petersburg designed by Studio 44 Architects of Russia.
Created between two existing structures - a cinema and a neighboring home - the school's structure is finished with translucent glass used as dividers and to maximize natural light within inside.