An ambitious building in Singapore has received an important international award, in part because of its green-friendly principles and construction. Ole Scheeran of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture accepted the award at a gala event held as part of the World Architecture Festival, triumphing in a field of nearly 340 finalist projects. With a striking appearance, the Interlace not only represents notable novel design but a construction that includes nature.

For example, CNN reports that the Interlace utilizes solar and wind while offering outdoor courtyards. Thousands of representatives from around the world arrived as part of the Festival, and the event also featured awards for Landscape of the Year, Color in Exterior Architecture and Future Project of the Year.

This is not the first time the Interlace has received international recognition for its unique structure. In 2014, it earned the Urban Habitat Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. A press release announcing that award described the advantages of the green aspects of this complex’s construction. The Interlace consists of more than 30 “super blocks” spaced out in a crisscrossing stacked pattern.

“These interlocking blocks resemble a ‘vertical village’ with cascading sky gardens and roof terraces, with extensive amenities and facilities being interwoven into lush vegetation,” the release said. “Based on a series of environmental studies, the units, facilities, vegetation and water bodies are strategically positioned to maximise shading and reduce urban heat gain, thereby providing a cooling and naturally ventilated environment,” the statement adds.

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