The Oasia Hotel in Singapore, designed by local architectural firm WOHA, is cladded with red aluminium mesh that will be covered with various climbing plants and vines to form a sort of vertical urban garden.
According to the press release the hotel aims to “redefin[e] what a high-rise can be in humid tropical climates.” The building has a height of 190 metres (625 feet) and is completely clad in red aluminium mesh. As time passes, the mesh will slowly be covered by 21 different climbing plants and vines, the green of the plants contrasting with the red mesh.
The tower contains four large outdoor spaces. Three of those are large verandas on various floors, and the last is a roof terrace. The terrace is surrounded by a screen covered in the same mesh cladding as the rest of the tower.
Aside from the red façade, the sky gardens offer greenery, fresh air, and opportunities for natural cross-ventilation, as well as representing the most visibly sustainable aspects of the building. The gardens are designed by Spanish designer and architect Patricia Urquiola, who was also responsible for the interior and exterior spaces of the hotel.