project: tropical house
location: Tartu, between Ahhaa, Aura and Emajõgi
size: 5 300 m² / built-up area: 2 600 m²
supervisor: Vilen Künnapu
in collaboration with: Maris Kohv
OASIS aims to give it’s visitors the experience of tropics. A regular tropical house is like a zoo – you can look at the tropics from a distance, not really participating in it. But OASIS is like a safari – still a controlled environment, but you go swimming in the waterfall pool between rocks and palm trees, lie on the sandy beach, feel the moist tropical warmth as if you were actually in the tropics. OASIS is connected to bystanding Aura centre via an underground tunnel / cave bath. The top floor of OASIS is a public access cafe that has views around Tartu and a possibility to look down to the tropics.