Oasia Hotel was designed by Singapore-based architects WOHA and offers a verdant Eden in a concrete jungle. Capitalising on the tropical climate in which it stands, the living tower is a compelling contrast to the sleekly styled skyscrapers surrounding it – not least of all because of its vibrant red façade, which stands as a direct contrast to the creeping green.
Made up of four core towers – one in each corner – this formation frees up space within the centre for greater amenity. Standing 190.15m high, the living tower that is Oasia features a series of sky terraces that provide outdoor open space in an urban environment. Sheltered from above, the open sided terraces provide cross-ventilation to keep the spaces cool, instead of relying on air-conditioning. The height of the tower affords grand views of the city from lush spaces that offer their own delights, while also keeping the pool area naturally cool.
A distinctive façade of vibrant red aluminium mesh cladding helps to distinguish the tower in the neighbourhood and allows for the integration of 21 species of creepers, plants and flowers that climb the building. In addition to the creepers, other plants and trees were added to the tower; a total of 54 species. The improvement in biodiversity within the area now attracts birds and animals, offsetting the hardness of the surrounding architecture.
The abundance of greenery that climbs the tower, continuing up to the structure that surrounds the flat roof, will continue to grow over time, using its mesh foundation to eventually cover the structure, taking over the façade and presenting a truly unique green figure in the city of Singapore.