Far East Organization, Singapore
Hong Wei Phua
WOHA Architects, Singapore
A tower of green and red in the heart of Singapore’s dense Central Business District, the Oasia Hotel Downtown is a prototype of land-use intensification for the urban tropics. This tropical “living tower” incorporates plants into its red permeable aluminum façade and embodies multiple innovations in structure, spaces, cladding and imagery.
Offices, hotel and club rooms are located on 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. They are open-sided for formal and visual transparency and allow breezes to pass through the building.
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 over 1,000 percent. Instead of a flat roof, the skyscraper is crowned with a tropical bower; floral, diverse, soft and alive.