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Oasia Hotel Downtown by WOHA & Studio Patricia Urquiola

Celebrating the colours of life with a bright red skyscraper, WOHA and Studio Patricia Urquiola team up to conceive the effervescent Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore.

LOCATION:
100 PECK SEAH STREET, SINGAPORE
GROSS FLOOR AREA (GFA):
19,416 SQUARE METRES
PLOT AREA:
2,311.4 SQUARE METRES
COMPLETION:
2016
ARCHITECT:
WOHA
PROJECT TEAM:
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
INTERIOR DESIGN:
STUDIO PATRICIA URQUIOLA
CLIENT:
FAR EAST SOHO PTE LTD
M&E ENGINEER:
RANKINE & HILL (S) PTE LTD
C&S CONSULTANT:
KTP CONSULTANTS PTE LTD
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
ELECTRICAL:
KIMTA ELECTRIC PTE LTD
ACMV:
GREAT RESOURCES M&E CONTRACTOR PTE LTD
FIRE PROTECTION:
RICO ENGINEERING M&E CONTRACTOR PTE LTD
PLUMBING, SANITARY, GAS:
GREAT RESOURCES M&E CONTRACTOR PTE LTD
LIFT:
KONE PTE LTD
POOL & WATER FEATURES:
YI WEE POOLS AND FOUNTAINS PTE LTD
 
ALUMINIUM & GLAZING
AUTO IRRIGATION:
TROPICAL ENVIRONMENT PTE LTD
CARD ACCESS SYSTEM:
ASSA ABLOY HOSPITALITY PTE LT
SOFTSCAPE:
TROPICAL ENVIRONMENT PTE LTD
SIGNAGE:
GLEASON ADVERTISING PTE LTD
ID (HOTEL GUESTROOMS):
FALCON INCORPORATION PTE LTD
ID (HOTEL COMMON):
FALCON INCORPORATION PTE LTD
ID (HOTEL COMMON):
TMG PROJECTS PTE LTD
LIGHTING (ARCHITECTURAL):
TECHNOLITE (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
LIGHTING (INTERIOR):
RELEX ILLUMINATION PTE LTD
SANITARY WARES & FITTINGS:
HANSGROHE PTE LTD, HEMSLEY HOLDING PTE LTD, KHL MARKETING ASIA-PACIFIC PTE LTD, SANITUS BUILDING SUPPLIERS PTE LTD
IRONMONGERY:
ARCHITECTURAL HARDWARE PTE LTD
KITCHEN APPLIANCES:
BSH HOME APPLIANCES PTE LTD
STONE & TILES:
SANITUS BUILDING MATERIAL LTD / SURFACE PROJECT PTE LTD

Oasia Hotel Downtown, located on Peck Seah Street is a singular. It is still the one and only red skyscraper in Singapore. Built to stand out, in one way or another, Oasia Hotel Downtown is a magnificent landmark for the urban dwellers and an easily recognisable sight for tourists and visitors. One cannot seem to peel away the attention gazing upon this gargantuan ‘red thing’; sticking out in the concrete jungle of Singapore’s Central Business District. The red colour gives good contrast to the lush greenery and cool blue sky to allow the building to stand out amongst the dull-coloured downtown skyscrapers.

The building is conceptualised and designed by homegrown award-winning architecture firm, WOHA. The iconic red façade and lush vertical garden remain as the building’s signature, in response to the site context. Welcoming guests since April 2016, the 314-room hotel is truly designed by a star-studded ‘dream team’ with an organic-themed interior by Studio Patricia Urquiola.

 

Akin to being cocooned within nature, the 21 different species of creepers growing around the building’s five shades of red aluminum mesh create a vibrant mosaic of colour and life, providing the much-needed ‘fresh air’ in the city. Common types such as the Passiflora Coccinea and Ficus Pumila can be spotted easily from the main entrance, but identifying all 21 may be a tricky task. As a whole, the verdant creepers with some flowering types work together beautifully.

Cabanas, specially designed lounge chairs including Urquiola’s very own Maia Rope chairs and the Rift Armchairs, as well as unusual meeting spaces are scattered throughout the public areas – encouraging guests to take a break, relax and conquer the day at their own pace.

Perfect Cutting

Offering guests a new respite in the city, Oasia Hotel Downtown appeals to astute business and leisure travellers who seek wellness within the comfort and familiarity of the city. The hotel utilises space, design and greenery to create a unique experience conceived in line with the brand ethos and with the wellbeing of guests in mind. Anchoring the guest experience in the Oasia brand’s three wellness pillars, the hotel helps the weary traveller to refresh, recharge and refuel through various features of the hotel.

While enjoying the extensive plethora of offerings from food to recreational activities, guests are also able to enjoy the influence of Patricia Urquiola in the designs of the guest rooms and the communal areas within the hotel premise. Her unique style is recognisable through the use of earthy tones, wood surfaces and subtle touches of copper throughout the rooms.

Colour Explosion

Closely overlooked by surrounding buildings, the tower carves out its own internal spaces and dynamic views instead of relying on external vistas for visual interest. Enhanced by alternating 30-meter tall sky terraces and sleek architectural details, the design is multifaceted, fun and full of unconventional interpretations of functionality and aesthetics.

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 allows breezes to pass through the building for effective cross-ventilation. Public areas become functional, comfortable and tropical spaces with greenery.

As the building internal blocks are alternate terraces, the wind and sunlight are ‘harvested’ in a very clever way; providing optimum ventilation and lighting to the interior space. Guests enjoy natural light and fresh air instead of enclosed, internalised conditioned spaces.

Standing in front of the club infinity pool, guests are ensured with a constant breeze with direct sunlight at several strategic locations for an enjoyable sun-tanning session. The juxtaposition creates the balance between providing comfort and embracing the tropical weather altogether. And by the looks of it, the team at WOHA has once again delivered a beautiful piece of architecture that understands the climate, its surroundings, and the contextual aspect.

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.

A print version of this article was originally published in d+a issue 98.

By:
Martin Teo
Images:
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
Date:
29 August 2017

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