Going green downtown

ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A 27-storey designer business hotel is emerging in Tanjong Pagar. Oasia Downtown (left), a hotel and office tower in Peck Seah Street, is designed by Singapore architects Woha for Far East Organization.

The building will be covered with creepers and flowering plants entwined around grid panels - a "green skin" - which open up on different floors to sky gardens.

It will have a green plot ratio of 750 per cent - garden space over seven times the size of the land.

The hotel will include an organic-themed interior as well, by Milan-based architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. Part of the development includes the small office home office (SOHO) project PS100, of about 100 strata office units on levels seven to 11.

Units are sized from 420 sq ft to 517 sq ft and were fully sold out in two days of its launch, at an average price of $3,000 per sq ft. The building is expected to be completed this year.

Rennie Whang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2015, with the headline 'Going green downtown'. Print Edition | Subscribe