Oasis: A Sustainable Hotel that Blends Nature and Architecture

Refreshing an Abandoned Building into a Green Oasis

With the high development of the city, natural environment will inevitably shrink or disappear within cities, people are gradually moving away from nature. Moreover, many old buildings were abandoned especially in mega cities, idle waste of spaces. To create natural buildings that coexist with nature and plants, have become a new landscape in contemporary architecture. Reborn of the building by combining environmentally friendly building materials, soft light ambient and greenery plants, to create a hotel escape in the city.

In the bustling city of Tainan, Taiwan, Liyang Chen and Zhengyan Jiang have transformed an abandoned hospital building into a sustainable recreation hotel called Oasis. This unique project aims to bring nature back into the urban landscape and provide a serene retreat for guests amidst the concrete jungle. By preserving the original appearance of the old building and integrating it with environmentally friendly materials, the designers have created a harmonious blend of architecture and nature.

The strength of Oasis lies in its simplicity and integration with the surrounding environment. The designers have maximized the use of natural light and ventilation, allowing sunshine and natural breeze to flow into the building. The space is adorned with vines and climbing plants, creating a lush and green atmosphere throughout the hotel. From the lively plants in the guest rooms to the rooftop bar with panoramic views, every corner of Oasis is a testament to the beauty of nature.

The realization of this design is rooted in the concept of "natural architecture." The designers have repurposed discarded materials such as steel bars, driftwood, and shrimp and crab cages to create unique and sustainable elements within the hotel. The result is a space that not only provides a comfortable stay for guests but also serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Oasis boasts a range of facilities, including 25 villa rooms, a gym room, an indoor rock climbing wall, a flora classroom, an art gallery, an outdoor swimming pool, an open-air coffee bar, a sky restaurant, and a rooftop bar. Each space has been carefully designed to create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere, allowing guests to forget the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse themselves in a tranquil oasis.

This project, which started in July 2022 and was completed in April 2023, showcases the successful integration of local culture and nature into architecture. By reviving an abandoned building and transforming it into a sustainable hotel, Liyang Chen and Zhengyan Jiang have created a bridge between man and nature. Oasis is not just a building; it is a testament to the power of design to create spaces that connect us with our natural surroundings.

Recognized for its innovative approach, Oasis was awarded the Bronze A' Design Award in 2023. This prestigious accolade is bestowed upon designs that exhibit strong technical and creative skills, contributing to improvements in quality of life. Oasis stands as a shining example of how architecture can enhance our well-being and make the world a better place.

Project Details and Credits

Project Designers: ChungSheng Chen
Image Credits: Image #1~#5: Liyang Chen
Project Team Members: LiYang Chen ZhengYan Jiang Instructor:ChunMin Tsai Instructor:ChungSheng Chen Tainan University of Technology/Interior Design Dept
Project Name: Oasis
Project Client: ChungSheng Chen

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