The Oasis

With Ionics Research
For centuries the image of an oasis has inspired the imagination of writers, poets and travellers. The image of a safe haven with a cool, lush and bountiful climate, formed in an otherwise impossible environment, gave people hope and a sense of possibility, and inspired travellers and settlers to take on the long difficult journey.
The Oasis seeks to inspire the world and those who step into it about the beauty and power of renewable energy and new technologies, showcasing the complete transformation and creation of natural public spaces.

The structure challenges visitors’ assumptions about how we consider energy and resource generation and consumption. It shows how a slot of urban land can be turned into a lush and temperate natural space using the infinite energy available to us by the sun and the wind.
Aerial View
The idea of such man-made haven’s is not new, as remnants of it remain all across the middle east, but the technology and longevity of this seemingly magical creation is.
As 21st century travellers we face the same difficult journey ahead, with the constant realities of climate change and the unforeseeable future, we also seek new possibilities to assure our longevity and safety.

The Oasis seeks to do just that. It seeks to inspire the world and those who step into it about the beauty and power of renewable energy and new technologies, showcasing the complete transformation and creation of natural public spaces.
The pond at the OASIS
Within The Oasis, human experience is the central focus. The vast park features an elevated walkway, an undulating landscape marked by lush greenery and trees, as well the central pond. Here we celebrate tomorrow and what the marriage of design, science and culture can create. It’s also a homage to the traditional architecture of the region for which the sun and the wind have always played a pivotal role.
Elevated Pathways inside the Oasis
The Oasis sits at the heart of Masdar as a fully immersive natural public space
The Oasis creates renewable energy technology as a medium of creative expression while also shaping itself to the very needs of this renewable energy, blurring the boundaries of form and function. As a nod to projects that have created a destination by celebrating utility, the oasis showcases the utility of tomorrow, working with subtlety and yielding to the elements.
A Celebration of Utility
From the quiet solar/heat panels harnessing the immense energy of the sun on the round exterior of the building, to the unique shape of the building, formed to guide and harness the prevalent North West wind, the structure has aligned itself to create and house the incredible micro-climate inside.
Just like how the natural oasis was shaped by the interplay of the sun, land and water transforming a hot and dry landscape into a cool and shaded, luscious haven, so is The Oasis a product of the environment that it is in. Instead of fighting the solar heat, extreme temperatures and the fast winds, it uses those very elements to create the soothing, temperate and green environment inside of it. The idea of such man-made haven’s is not new, as remnants of it remain all across the middle east, but the technology and longevity of this seemingly magical creation is.
For the Oasis to become a reality at Masdar city we needed three basic resources: water, electricity and refrigeration.
However, the prospects of sourcing any of the three proved challenging if we were to follow conventional technologies. Purification of water and refrigeration both demanded immense electricity and a water source, while electricity production demanded refrigeration and water for cooling. Therefore, to answer these challenges, we decided to turn to the most abundant resources in Masdar: wind and sunlight. A very specific orchestration of existing technologies was required to create a self sustaining Oasis at the heart of Masdar city.
Project Year
2019
Location
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Project Status
In Progress

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