Nature is universally regarded as a source for bodily health and revitalization. This project to design a specialist healthcare centre and integrated urban hotel is guided by its namesake ‘Oasia’ — a fusion of ‘oasis’ and ‘Asia’ — and unifies medical and hospitality spaces with Singapore’s tropical climate as a site for the wellbeing of patients and guests. As a mixed-use complex, the long-established architectural dichotomies of healthcare and leisure merge to establish new hybrid forms.
The development is organised into three vertical blocks: specialist facilities occupy a podium, and two stacked blocks divide the guestrooms and clubrooms of the 428-unit hotel above. Programming elements and architectural details of the three masses are embedded with natural attributes. Treatment of the hotel tower facade reflects the project’s mantra on nature, “life which springs from water, and this water — from rain that falls from the sky”: blue and grey colours correspond with hues of the skies before rainfall; articulated window components suggest raindrops. Terraces on the 8th and 22nd floors serve to segment the programmatic blocks by offering outdoor spaces with lap pools and water features. Such green terraces are also layered into the specialist centre’s programme as courtyards and decks, holistic natural spaces which unite the medical suites. A large sunken courtyard fronting the main road works as a private park and performs as a buffer between the site and its hard urban edge.
Novena Specialist Center and Oasia Novena Hotel provide a rich framework offering medical facility guests with access to Mass Rapid Transit connectivity, Square 2 Shopping Centre, and bridge linkage to the neighbouring Novena Medical Center and Tan Tock Seng Hospital for a synthesis of three medical programmes.