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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Oasia Hotel Downtown in Singapore by WOHA

 
December 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: WOHA 

A verdant tower of green in the heart of Singapore’s dense Central Business District (CBD), Oasia Hotel Downtown is a prototype of land use intensification for the urban tropics. Unlike the sleek and sealed skyscrapers that evolved out of the temperate west, this tropical “living tower” offers an alternative image to the sleek technology of the genre.

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

  • Architects: WOHA (Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell, Phua Hong Wei, Bernard Lee, Kim Young Beom, Evelyn Ng, Christina Ong, Huang Yue, Larissa Tan, Chen Shunann, Iyan Mulyadi, Oscar Korintus, Victoria Meadows, Simopoulou Olympia Konstantinou, Donovan Soon, Ang Chow Hwee, Dennis Kwek)
  • Project: Oasia Hotel Downtown
  • Location: 100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333
  • Photography: K. Kopter and Patrick Bingham-Hall
  • Client: Far East SOHO Pte Ltd
  • Interior Design: Studio Patricia Urquiola
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engr: Rankine & Hill (S) Pte Ltd
  • Civil & Structural Engr: KTP Consultants Pte Ltd
  • Quantity Surveyors: Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Landscape Consultant: Sitetectonix Pte Ltd
  • Irrigation Consultant: Christensen Irrigation (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Lighting Consultant: Lighting Planners Associates (S) Pte Ltd, The Lightbox Pte Ltd
  • Signage Consultant: UDS Design Pte Ltd
  • Land Surveyor: How Huai Hoon Surveyors
  • Main Contractor: Woh Hup (Private) Ltd
  • Project Cost: S$138 million (estimate)

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

  • Project Size:
    • Gross Floor Area: 19,416 sqm
    • Plot Area: 2,311.4 sqm
    • Height: AMSL 199.080 m
    • Number of Storeys: 27 Storeys
    • Number of Offices: 100 Offices
  • Project Dates:
    • Design Inception: 01 February 2011
    • Start of Construction: 01 February 2012
    • Completed: April 2016
Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

In response to the brief for distinct Offices, Hotel & Club rooms, WOHA created a series of different strata, each with its own sky garden. These additional “ground” levels allow generous public areas for recreation and social interaction throughout the high-rise, despite the inner city high density location.

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Image Courtesy © K. Kopter

Image Courtesy © K. Kopter

Closely overlooked by surrounding towers, the tower carves out its own internal spaces and dynamic views instead of relying on external vistas for visual interest. Each sky garden is treated as an urban scale verandah, sheltered at high level by the preceding sky garden and open sided for formal and visual transparency. The openness also allows breezes to pass through the building for good cross-ventilation. In this way, the public areas become functional, comfortable, tropical spaces with greenery, natural light and fresh air instead of enclosed, internalised air conditioned spaces.

Image Courtesy © K. Kopter

Image Courtesy © K. Kopter

Image Courtesy © K. Kopter

Image Courtesy © K. Kopter

Landscaping is used extensively as an architectural surface treatment and forms a major part of the development’s material palette both internally and externally. Achieving an overall Green Plot Ratio of 1,100%, the tower is conceived as a haven for birds and animals, reintroducing biodiversity into the city. This quantum of green is an exciting number, as it effectively compensates for the lack of green in 10 surrounding buildings. The tower’s red aluminum mesh cladding is designed as a backdrop that reveals itself in between 21 different species of creepers, with colourful flowers interspersed among green leaves, providing food for the birds and insects. The creepers will form a mosaic with each type taking over its most suitable conditions of light, shade and wind. Instead of a flat roof, the skyscraper is crowned with a tropical bower; floral, diverse, soft and alive.

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

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