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VERTICAL OASIS BUILDING

FAAB ARCHITEKTURA
SAUDI ARABIA

© FAAB Architektura

PROJECT DETAILS:

Name: Vertical Oasis Building Function: Retail, office, hotel, residential, parking structure Surface Total (NRA): 123 170 sqm Retail: 37 744 sqm Office: 23 792 sqm Leisure area/spa/water park: 5 668 sqm Gastronomy: 5 583 sqm Hotel: 19 758 sqm Residential: 30 642 sqm Roofpark Oasis: 712 sqm Total height of the building: 220 m Total no. of above-ground levels: 53  Total no. of below-ground levels: 4 Total area: 181 975 sqm

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Harvesting electricity from the sun, lowering the building's energy demand, the geometry of the facade creating shade where needed, these are the features creating the basic ECO-DNA of the Vertical Oasis Building. However, the main goal is to change the environment in the vicinity of the building while making inhabitants of the building involved in the process; give them tools to be able to control, manage and enhance the changing climate. With the multiplication and scaling factor, create parts of town that are able to improve the environment. Finally, establish a new type of urbanity, where technology and biotechnology will help to over-perform the impact of the natural needs of people to have habitat as they need and like to have.

A prototype building, the Vertical Oasis Building, is given the geometry, which helps to achieve eco-goals while in the area of aesthetics, it complies with the ECO-DNA of the building. Thought to be located in densely populated towns, it took example on the multifunctional buildings including retail, office, hotel, and residential spaces. When combined with the ground heat pumps, it acts as the local heat distribution centre for the buildings surrounding it.

Each of the components, creating the external layer of the building plays the most important role. The white opaque parts of the facade are made of BIPV active panels while the glazing is using clear view power technology. They both are responsible for the production of electricity, harvested from the sun. 

The vertical garden, located within designed niches, is composed of the multifunctional VOS WCC modular panels. This technology, developed by means of research and development process, is responsible for changing the environment in the vicinity of the building. The combination of carefully selected plants and microorganisms, supported with building systems and closed-circulation strategies, purifies the air of CO2, NOx and PM pollution. The natural process of transpiration helps to humidify and cool the air. The composition of chosen plants helps to reduce noise pollution due to their absorption and deflection properties, as well as sound wave refraction. The green layer is the vital element of the stormwater management, within the site as well as the close vicinity of the building. Depending on the location of the site it might exclude the necessity to connect the building to the local rainwater networks. The green layer is meant to be a house for different life forms. As an amplifier of the bio-diversity, it helps to preserve species threatened by extinction.