Location: Singapore, Singapore
Developer: Far East Organization
Site Size: 0.57 Acre
Set against an urban landscape of concrete, steel and glass in Tanjong Pagar, Singapore’s CBD, Oasia Hotel Downtown (OHD) stands out with its distinctive siren-red silhouette cladded in lush greenery. An integrated hotel-office development comprising a 27-story, 314-room business hotel and 100 new-age offices, OHD responds to the government’s vision for the precinct earmarked as the island’s next Waterfront City with a mix of business, commercial and residential activities.
For a start, the developer sought to create an alternative imagery for commercial high-rise developments while combining innovative ways to intensify land use. Designed by home-grown award-winning architectural firm WOHA, well-recognized for their innovative and green portfolio, OHD brings to life new interpretations of vertical environment. The design intent at the outset was to give back greenery to the city, both vertically and horizontally. The result – OHD’s main façade is lined with greenery entwined around vertical grid panels in five warm tones of reds, forming a contrasting and captivating green skin.
Vertical greenery forms an intrinsic part of the external palette. The greenery is enhanced by alternating 30m-tall sky gardens and sleek architectural details to form a tropical skyscraper in the financial district. The façade panels open up on different floors to elevated gardens cut three-dimensionally into the building like huge windows, providing natural ventilation to the structure, which is capped by an open-air rooftop garden and hotel swimming pool that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding cityscape.
In turn, the plants, trees, water gardens and generosity of green spaces attract insects and birds, creating a biophilic environment that visually and psychologically engage users of the space including inhabitants of the surrounding blocks. The end product achieved is an overall greenery replacement of over ten times the site area. In recognition of OHD’s contribution to Singapore’s making as the capital city of vertical greenery and sustainable design, it was awarded Green Mark certification by the Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority. OHD was also recently presented winner of Green Good Design Award 2017 under Green Architecture, awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.