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Luxury Onboard: Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship, by RTKL (and Other Firms)

18 January, 2011


What’s the best part about designing the interiors for one of the largest cruise ships in the world? According to Greg Walton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, vice president of RTKL, one of the many firms collaborating on the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship, it’s all about innovation, especially in terms of functionality in the forward and aft areas, lift lobbies and the landings.

“We were able to employ a lot of innovative approaches in these areas through material selection, graphic interfaces for wayfinding and technology advances including timing and motion modeling on the elevators,” Walton says.

RTKL collaborated with Royal Caribbean International and an assortment of other firms—including Atkins Global, Wilson Butler Architects, Gensler, Arkitektbyran, BG Studio, Stephenjohn Design, Morris Nathanson Design, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines New Build and Design—to complete the ocean-bound architectural masterpiece over a more than six year span.

oasis deckFinally making its debut in November 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oasis of the Seas, along with its recently launched sister Allure of the Seas (December 2010) pushes the concept of cruise vacations. Weighing in at 225, 282 gross tons, Oasis features 2,700 staterooms and 28 multilevel urban-styled loft suites; neighborhood areas including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, a Pool and Sports Zone, the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place, and Youth Zone; and a 750-seat AquaTheater, which serves as a pool by day and ocean-front show venue at night. The Oasis of the Seas currently is tied with the Allure for the title of “largest cruise ship in the world.”

While designing the 2,200-seat main dining room, 6,160-sq.-ft. conference center, 2,706 staterooms, forward and aft atriums, elevator lobbies, stairs, 20,500-sq.-ft. Casino Royale and the Opus Dining Room, RTKL strived to remain true to the Royal Caribbean brand, opting to keep more iconic venues and amenities more traditionally stylized while evolving other areas with improved circulation, space efficiency, and space planning.

Walton cites the Opus Dining Room, which is the largest dining room at sea at 71,150 sq. ft., as a prime example. The room “includes a variety of smaller, more intimate dining areas that give guests more flexibility and choice – a departure from the traditional cruise dining experience.” Yet the selection of materials pays tribute to the timeless luxury of the line: Art Deco inclusions revive the style of 1920s oceanliners and elaborate dining centerpieces elicit a flair of grandeur, while a three-story atrium topped with a crystal chandelier and suspended semi-circular platforms boast luxury.

oasis aerialThe dramatic touch carries over to the 20,500-sq-ft. Casino Royale, featuring 450 gaming machines and 27 tables. Guests enter the space, which is detailed in rich jewel-toned hues, crystal chandeliers, and striking sculptures, via one of two themed walkways: one explores the evolution of gaming and the other captures the Royal Caribbean’s 40-year history.

The Oasis of the Seas publicly was unveiled on Good Morning America on November 20, 2009; the official naming ceremony was held on November 30, 2009. Additional features include a miniature-golf course, four swimming pools, basketball and volleyball courts, a living park with 56 tress and 12,000 plants, multiple restaurants and night clubs, rock-climbing walls, and zip-line.




Luxury Onboard: Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship, by RTKL (and Other Firms)

18 January, 2011


Mike Butler

What’s the best part about designing the interiors for one of the largest cruise ships in the world? According to Greg Walton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, vice president of RTKL, one of the many firms collaborating on the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship, it’s all about innovation, especially in terms of functionality in the forward and aft areas, lift lobbies and the landings.

“We were able to employ a lot of innovative approaches in these areas through material selection, graphic interfaces for wayfinding and technology advances including timing and motion modeling on the elevators,” Walton says.

RTKL collaborated with Royal Caribbean International and an assortment of other firms—including Atkins Global, Wilson Butler Architects, Gensler, Arkitektbyran, BG Studio, Stephenjohn Design, Morris Nathanson Design, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines New Build and Design—to complete the ocean-bound architectural masterpiece over a more than six year span.

oasis deckFinally making its debut in November 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oasis of the Seas, along with its recently launched sister Allure of the Seas (December 2010) pushes the concept of cruise vacations. Weighing in at 225, 282 gross tons, Oasis features 2,700 staterooms and 28 multilevel urban-styled loft suites; neighborhood areas including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, a Pool and Sports Zone, the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place, and Youth Zone; and a 750-seat AquaTheater, which serves as a pool by day and ocean-front show venue at night. The Oasis of the Seas currently is tied with the Allure for the title of “largest cruise ship in the world.”

While designing the 2,200-seat main dining room, 6,160-sq.-ft. conference center, 2,706 staterooms, forward and aft atriums, elevator lobbies, stairs, 20,500-sq.-ft. Casino Royale and the Opus Dining Room, RTKL strived to remain true to the Royal Caribbean brand, opting to keep more iconic venues and amenities more traditionally stylized while evolving other areas with improved circulation, space efficiency, and space planning.

Walton cites the Opus Dining Room, which is the largest dining room at sea at 71,150 sq. ft., as a prime example. The room “includes a variety of smaller, more intimate dining areas that give guests more flexibility and choice – a departure from the traditional cruise dining experience.” Yet the selection of materials pays tribute to the timeless luxury of the line: Art Deco inclusions revive the style of 1920s oceanliners and elaborate dining centerpieces elicit a flair of grandeur, while a three-story atrium topped with a crystal chandelier and suspended semi-circular platforms boast luxury.

oasis aerialThe dramatic touch carries over to the 20,500-sq-ft. Casino Royale, featuring 450 gaming machines and 27 tables. Guests enter the space, which is detailed in rich jewel-toned hues, crystal chandeliers, and striking sculptures, via one of two themed walkways: one explores the evolution of gaming and the other captures the Royal Caribbean’s 40-year history.

The Oasis of the Seas publicly was unveiled on Good Morning America on November 20, 2009; the official naming ceremony was held on November 30, 2009. Additional features include a miniature-golf course, four swimming pools, basketball and volleyball courts, a living park with 56 tress and 12,000 plants, multiple restaurants and night clubs, rock-climbing walls, and zip-line.

 


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