British daily The Telegraph names 3 Singapore buildings in its list of 2015's best (and worst)

The Interlace, a condomimium along Alexandra Road.
The Interlace, a condomimium along Alexandra Road. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Here's our list of 11 buildings that have made waves around the world this year

SINGAPORE - Singapore's The Interlace condominium was named world building of the year at the World Architecture Festival in November, and was included in The Telegraph's 2015 list of best (and worst) buildings.

It is not the only building here that has received international attention this year.

The newly opened National Gallery Singapore also made it to the list by the British daily, which called it "the most glamorous in a spate of art openings".

Another Singapore building, The Hive, also made the Telegraph list for being "likely to divide opinions".

In other notable mentions, office tower CapitaGreen in Raffles Place won an award for best tall building in Asia and Australasia from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Here's our list of notable buildings around the world that have made waves, or raised eyebrows, in 2015:

1. The Interlace


The Interlace, a condomimium along Alexandra Road. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

The 1,040-unit condominium by CapitaLand Singapore sits on an 8ha site and was completed in 2013.

Judges from the World Architecture Fest, which is considered the Oscars of the architectural world, called the building by German architect Ole Scheeren a "trailblazer".

Read more about it here.

2. National Gallery Singapore


The exterior of the National Gallery Singapore, which opened on Nov 24, 2015. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Converting two landmark municipal buildings - the former Supreme Court and City Hall - into a stunning visual arts institution was a $532-million project.

The museum now houses the world's largest collection of South-east Asian art.

Architect Jean-Francois Milou said he considers it the proudest achievement of his career.

Read more about it here.

3. The Hive at Nanyang Technological University


Students studying at The Hive at NTU. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

The Hive was dreamt up by Mr Thomas Heatherwick, a renowned British designer. The circular design aims to get rid of corners and corridors, to encourage a new kind of collaborative learning.

The building has got mixed reviews, with some calling it the "dim sum basket building".

Read more about it here.

4. CapitaGreen


Facade of Capitagreen building, the first building in Singapore to use Supercrete. PHOTO: CAPITALAND

The office tower was completed in 2014, but named the best tall building in Asia and Australasia in 2015.

It was the first building in Singapore to use Supercrete, an high-strength material which significantly reduced the amount of concrete needed.

Vegetation covers more than 50 per cent of its facade and a a petal-like structure on top scoops in wind and channels it through the building.

5. Shanghai Tower


An upward view of Shanghai Tower, the world's second-tallest building. PHOTO: AFP

The Shanghai Tower, currently the second tallest building in the world, opened in November.

It is known for its 120-degree twist - a softened triangular "outer skin" is twisted around a circular core, sending the glass and steel tower spiralling 632m.

Read more about it here.

6. Philharmonie concert hall at La Villette, France


An exterior view of the Philharmonie concert hall. PHOTO: REUTERS

The new Paris concert hall was described by The Guardian as a spaceship that crash-landed in France.

Architect Jean Nouvel boycotted the opening of the building, claiming that it was not finished although the project had overrun for two years.

It has its admirers though, with many praising its acoustics and balconies which appear to float in the air.

7. Qatar's Faculty of Islamic Studies


Qatar's Faculty of Islamic Studies PHOTO: World Architecture Festival

When sunlight filters through the pinholes in this modern mosque's roof, it is reminiscent of a star-lit sky. Then there are the minarets sweeping to the sky, and Quranic verses embossed on the building's walls and facade.

No wonder it was named the religious building of the year by the World Architecture Festival in 2015.

8. 432 Park Avenue in New York


432 Park Avenue, currently the tallest residential building in New York. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT FROM 432PARKAVENUE.COM

The skinny skyscraper is currently the highest residential building in New York at 96 floors, and other ultra-slim buildings are joining it.

Technology has allowed the pencil tower to be built straight up to stratospheric heights with a base of just 93 feet (28.3m) by 93 feet - smaller than an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Apartments in these ultra-slender towers have been sold for more than US$100 million (S$140 million) a piece, reports said.

9. Messner Mountain Museum


The Messner Mountain Museum Corones, devoted to alpine history. PHOTO: MESSNER MOUNTAIN MUSEUM

The awe-inspiring Messner Mountain Museum is a project by Reinhold Messner, the first mountaineer to climb all 14 of the world's 8,000m mountain peaks.

Designed by the renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the museum on Mount Kronplatz in Italy is the final one of a series of museums dedicated to mountaineering.

Read more about it here.

10. Investcorp building in Oxford, Britain


The Investcorp building is situated in St Anthony's College, Ocford. PHOTO: ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Another avant garde Zaha Hadid creation can be found at St Antony's College Oxford.

The sleek silver tube links two Victorian buildings in the college grounds and is an expansion for its Middle East Centre, which holds Oxford University's primary collection on the modern Middle East.

Read more about it here.

11. London's Walkie Talkie


The London Walkie Talkie building. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

The building that has been called "undeniably ugly" by The Telegraph is the London city building nicknamed the "Walkie Talkie" for its bulbous shape.

It even won an award in 2015 for worst building in Britain - the Carbuncle Cup.

The building made headlines earlier for melting parts of a Jaguar parked opposite it after the glass facade concentrated the sun's rays on the sports car.

Read more about it here.