Oasis consists of 14 luxury apartments, including two penthouses, on top of a wellness plinth on the coast at Limassol, Cyprus. Oasis is a green-hearted and highly sustainable residential tower in a recreational beach area, close to the sea and part of the holiday and entertainment zone of the city.
Oasis is what it literally means: a spectacular, lush and green inner space at the heart of the building. A comfortable green canyon, day-lit from above, which contains an Escherian stairwell, inviting all residents to meet with their neighbours and take a healthy and adventurous route home. At the centre of Oasis you can take refuge in the communal garden with swimming pool, clearly visible from outside as a sculptural cut in the building with a 360-degree panorama.
All apartments have a unique form, with the plants in the canyon as living wallpaper
To maximize the wellness concept for the whole building, we designed Oasis as a hollow core tower, in contrast to a standard apartment tower which has a central spine wrapped by apartments. For this we moved the elevator from the centre to the north side of the building, along with the naturally ventilated escape staircase. As a result, we were able to create a spectacular outdoor space in the centre of the tower: a shaded place where plants can grow, facilitating natural ventilation and optimizing comfortable living conditions.
One or two luxury apartments are realized on every floor, some of them as double-height duplexes. To fully enhance the living experience and give all residents the best of both worlds — a view of the Mediterranean Sea outside and a view of the green canyon inside — we designed all apartments with glazed facades on both the interior and the exterior.
To support this concept, we designed a structural scheme with only loadbearing elements in the outer facçade and the inner ring, allowing fully flexible floor plans with no physical restrictions in the interior spaces. By adding a small private garden and a generous double-height green terrace in different positions for each apartment, we were able to shape all floors into unique forms, with the plants in the canyon as living wallpaper.
Thinking of materials, we scooped out the tower as a rough stone object, made with poured concrete in wooden moulds. Vegetation will be added to all excavated places such as the canyon, spa, pool garden and private balconies. In contrast to the adjacent Terra building, Oasis is like a square tower moulded around a curved green space inside. A highly contextual tower, with a surprising sustainable and lively heart inside.