In the garden city, to fight against the pollution we push the vegetation… in the skyscrapers. The Oasia Downtown Hotel, designed by the architectural firm Woha, was imagined as a succession of gardens stacked on top of each other. A way to combat urban sprawl and global warming. Discovery.
The city-State of Singapore is nicknamed “the garden city”, and it is deserving of its reputation. After the super-giant trees of the Gardens by the Bay, and after the project “Jewel of Changi airport, another building comes to enhance this reputation : the tower, Oasia.
High of 27 floors, it houses no less than four hanging gardens : the Soho Sky Garden at 6th level, the Hotel Sky Garden on the 12th, Hotel Club Garden in the 21st, and the Roof Sky Garden at top floor. And its facade, for the moment, glowing, should quickly turn green. The panels in lattice of aluminum will be covered with two dozen varieties of vines-the virgins and other climbing plants of the tropics. The building will be transformed so into a veritable forest of vertical, able to fight against pollution, by fixing CO2, and particles, and against heat islands. Substantial advantage, in addition to viewing comfort, the design of the tracery of the tower allows its occupants to benefit from natural air conditioning and free of charge.
A building eco-friendly at the heart of a metropolis, ultra-dense
This skyscraper green was designed by the firm Woha, the name of its two founders, Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassel. The designers explain : “Oasia Downtown has been defined for creating an imaging alternative to commercial projects high-rise. It combines innovative ways to intensify land use with a tropical“. The result : “A tower of green, punctured and hairy“. In order to meet the expectations of customers in terms of programmatic, the three entities-Soho, Hotel and Club with different needs, the architects stated that they adopted an approach that was “club sandwich“, that is to say, by creating multiple layers, each with its own garden. So, the footprint is extended, an economic benefit to Singapore, while the visitors may have large areas of outdoor leisure. And in the sky, like Sky Habitat, a residential building of singapore just as dizzying.
The vegetation on buildings is not new for the duo, who had won the international prize of the skyscraper in 2010. In fact, he has signed the completion of the Sota (School of the arts Singapore), which integrates large-scale plantations on its facade. The firm states that the construction of Oasia Downtown, a need a year of preparation and four years of work.
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