ReviewsInterlace Condo Review – Best condo if you need lots of space
- by Druce
- May 24, 2018
- 13 min read
Our Verdict: The Interlace
- Transport links4/5
- Upkeep of property4/5
- Surrounding amenities4/5
- Quality of finishings3.5/5
- Development facilities5/5
The Interlace has a very homely feel to it, and has many different unit types to choose from. If you work in Alexandra area or in the CBD, this could be a good living option.
Reviewed by Druce on May 24, 2018
What we like
- Huge land
- Big land space
- Great facilities
What we don't like
- —Not near MRT
- —Only one entrance and exit
|Region||Rest of Central Region (RCR)||Address||Depot Road/Alexandra Road|
|Tenure||99-years Leasehold||Site Area||869,320 sqft|
|No. of Units||1040 apartments and 8 retail shops||Developer||Ankerite Pte Ltd (Jointly Developed by CapitaLand and Hotel Property Limited)|
The Interlace Condo was one of the most talked-about condo launches in Singapore, partly because of its previous history (Gillman Heights) and its design reveal by renowned architect Ole Scheeren, who designed Duo Residences as well. In 2015 it won the top prize at the World Architecture Festival, but public opinion over the design has been a bit of a mixed bag. However, there is no doubt that it is certainly one of the most unique developments in Singapore, so let’s get on with our Interlace condo review!
Interlace Condo Review – Location
The Interlace condo is located along Alexandra Road and Depot Road and is part of the Bukit Merah estate. It definitely enjoys a very convenient location, with its close proximity to Maple Tree Business City as well as Alexandra Technopark. Being centrally located also allows residents of the Interlace to be able to reach major locations rather quickly by car. For example, Orchard Road is just 10 mins away, Marina Bay at 12 minutes and it is also right next to AYE so getting to CBD can be as quick as under 15 minutes drive.
If you take the train often, the Interlace is about a 10-minute walk away from Labrador Park MRT. Bukit Merah is an old estate but probably feels less congested than a lot of the newer towns so if you are looking for somewhere convenient but has a more relaxed vibe to it than the Alexandra area would be a good place to start.
In terms of food options, as with most places in Singapore, there are a plethora of different types of food in the area. Alexandra Retail Centre is just down the road and has all your usual food haunts like a Mcdonald’s (with a drive-through) and many other chain outlets. There is also an NTUC supermarket for your grocery needs.
Just opposite is the Gillman Barracks area, where it is known for its laid back vibe, so think chill out cafes and al fresco dining. Further down the road would be Labrador Park which is a hotspot for date nights.
Going back down to the Bukit Merah side, if you are looking for some local grub there is always Alexandra Market and Ikea with its famous meatballs and fried chicken wings. We are really just scratching the surface here, so if you would like to know more about the food options, check out the Burpple guide for Alexandra!
The nearest area for some shopping would probably be Depot Heights, where there are some small shops, an NTUC Fairprice and a small food court.
If you are concerned about schools nearby there are quite a number available. Within walking distance would be Bukit Merah Secondary School. Within a 2km radius would be Queenstown Primary and Gan Eng Seng Primary and Crescent Girl’s School. For greenery lovers, Telok Blangah Hill Park is located just next door and Hort Park is just opposite, so it is really quite easily accessible. Frankly, the development boasts of enough greenery and has easily enough space for evening jogs or if you just want to stretch your legs so we wouldn’t worry about that too much. In case of any emergencies, Alexandra Hospital is a minute drive away and Bukit Merah and Queenstown Polyclinic are located really nearby as well.
The Interlace is 10 minutes away from Labrador Park MRT. If you are looking for the East-West line, Queenstown MRT will be a couple of bus stops away. With the Circle Line, the Interlace is just 2 stops away from Vivocity and Harbourfront. If you are heading to town, Dhoby Ghaut is also a short 5 stops away.
Interlace Condo Review – Development Site
The Interlace condo sits on a huge plot of land that is elevated so with the highest block at 25 stories, it affords pretty spectacular views over its surroundings. Due to the nature of how it’s designed, most units would enjoy a view of some sort.
When you are driving down towards the development, it appears to almost be rising above the ground and it is definitely very eye-catching no matter which angle you approach it from. However, what would an Interlace condo review be without any mention of its design?
Although opinions can be divided over the architecture of the place, with many comments on its odd structure, it is one of those places that you really have to go and take a look for yourself. The vibe of the place is very different from most condo developments in Singapore, it really feels like a mini country by itself.
The architecture is almost futuristic yet the greenery and environment make it feel very serene and peaceful. You do get a strong sense of community living being there, and there is so much activity going on due to the number of units but it is never overwhelming.
Connectivity to the development is great, as from the main entrance turning right would get you to the AYE in a minute and turning left down Depot Road would get you to the CTE in about 5 minutes. However, a potential issue that could arise is due to the fact that there is only one entrance and exit for cars to the Interlace.
With over 1,000 units during morning peak hours, it could get jammed as the flow of traffic is controlled via the traffic light at the entrance. There are also 2 side gates to easily access the development if you are walking, one is via Alexandra Road and the other via Depot Road.
Taking a close look at the unit mix, the Interlace offers a wide range of units to cater to the different lifestyles.
|Unit Type||Size of Units (sqft)|
|2-bedroom||807 to 1,604 sqft|
|3-bedroom||1,259 to 3,789 sqft|
|3-bedroom + Study / Family||1,593 to 5,253 sqft|
|4-bedroom / Multi-Generation||1,938 to 5,694 sqft|
|Garden House||2,784 to 3,886 sqft|
|Penthouse||3,154 to 6,308 sqft|
As you can see from the size, the unit sizes are generous according to Singapore standards and are definitely above average. It is quite rare to get such big units in a central location and this is where the Interlace truly stands out compared to its competition in the area.
Some of the ground floor units have quite a sizeable patio area and the penthouse units have a huge terrace space that offers commanding views over Singapore. These areas offer a perfect opportunity for any family gatherings or private functions, or even just to have some relaxing alone time after work.
With such a huge space on offer, you can expect the Interlace to have a multitude of facilities. And it does not disappoint in that respect.
|Retail Plaza (8 retail shop spaces)||Play Zone||Outdoor Exercise Stations|
|BBQ Promenade||Jogging Track||Gardening Zone|
|Pet Zone||Party Pavilion||Tennis Court|
|Multi-purpose Court||Clubhouse||Putting Green|
|Reading Room||Billiard||50 metre Lap Pool|
|Water Park||Putting Green||Function Rooms|
The Interlace also offers 8 themed courtyard gardens
- Central Square
- Theatre Plaza
- Water Park
- Spa Valley
- Bamboo Garden
- Lotus Pond
- Waterfall Terrace
- Play Hills
Only one main entrance to the development.
There are approximately 1 carpark lot catered to each unit, but bear in mind there are probably lots of rental units due to the close proximity to Mapletree Business City so carpark lots in the development are ample.
There are many visitor lots too.
Garden units get 2 carpark spaces each.
This is not the main pool, but it is still sizeable and probably bigger than a lot of condo pools in Singapore. The shallow access makes it great for children.
A huge water feature area above the pool.
One of the three tennis courts in the development, which is pretty good despite the size of it. Most of it is quite shrouded by greenery.
Who does not enjoy looking at pandas! A popular fixture at the Bamboo Garden, one of the 8 themed areas in the Interlace.
Another fixture next to the panda exhibit.
Lots of seating and open spaces, it really gives a great expansive feel to the place. Walking around the development makes you feel small and it does feel like its own establishment, with many nooks and crannies to explore.
The rather large patios for the lower floor units.
Jogging track the runs around the circumference of the development, great for morning jogs and evening walks. During the day you can see many people walking their dogs.
Speaking of which, there is an area dedicated to your pets. Not entirely sure the usefulness of such a facility, perhaps if you have a show dog?
Well-manicured putting green area.
The barbeque pit area is huge, with an ample amount of pits for you to choose from. Seating areas are plentiful as well, there is so much greenery around it almost feels as if you are in a park.
One of the views from the jogging track.
Pretty big playground area for kids to amble about.
Exercise stations scattered around the development.
Really lots of greenery and spaces that you can just sit and chill out.
Internal views unlike anywhere else in Singapore.
Popular area near the clubhouse.
The gym is separated into two different parts, one for weight lifting and the other for cardio. There are lots of treadmills to cater to the number of residents, but it probably will get very crowded during peak hours after work.
Billiard room with 3 tables, and a snooker table.
Karaoke rooms for you to sing your hearts out.
Function rooms right below the main pool.
Also, the business centre. Not sure how popular this actually is.
Reading room before going up the second level to the main pool.
50-metre lap pool with a waterfall feature.
The area is very cooling and almost feels as if you are swimming in a valley.
Lots of seating areas for gatherings around the pool as well.
If you were worried about the main pool getting inundated with kids, there is a water park specifically for young children to frolic about.
Part of the 8 retail spaces here, there is even a grocery shop for any emergency needs.
There is also a cafe and tuition centre as part of the retail shopfront.
One of the side gates that lead out to the main road.
Drop off point at the main gate for taxis or the Interlace condo shuttle bus.
The Interlace condo is a really surprising development, despite its somewhat jagged appearance, it offers a really comforting ambiance and just makes you feel at home instantly. It is really one of those places that you need to visit to understand what the fuss is all about. The spaciousness of the place and the functional and yet big units are very attractive and unparalleled to anywhere else in Singapore. There are enough variances in the unit mix to cater to working professionals, and for families alike. The location is pretty fantastic if you are used to living in the west/central area. If you have been putting off a viewing to the Interlace because it might seem like too many units, or overcrowded, it has really been a pleasant surprise and well worth a view in our opinion.