Category: insights

Turning constraints into design opportunities – CMA Tower, Riyadh

. This is one in a series of blog posts covering the intelligent, functional, and sustainable features of the Capital Market Authority (CMA) building, an 80-story class-A office skyscraper in Riyadh designed as a joint venture by Omrania and HOK.   By:  Philip Willmetts, CMA Project Manager (Detailed Design)  – June 2017   Sited on…

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Eco-City Planning – Organic Urbanism

. This post is part of a series on the planning and design of eco-cities of the future, particularly in the Gulf region, incorporating case studies and contemporary research.  By Hugh Kidman, Chief Design Architect Nature’s ability to adapt to changing conditions can serve as a model to planners and architects looking to create sustainable…

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Anatomy of our new high-performance hotel facade system

  The soon-to-open Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence, ensconced in Riyadh’s prestigious Diplomatic Quarter, features a custom-designed climatic facade that saves energy and respects the physical and cultural context.   By: Meshal AlButhie – Architect. June 2017   Omrania designed and engineered the 114-room hotel and apartment building to achieve enhanced performance goals and a…

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Sustainable design part I: resource-effectiveness

. This post is part of our Design Ethos series, which explores the deeper thinking and intentions behind Omrania’s work. We strive to create functional, livable, contextual, sustainable, and timelessly beautiful places.   By: Mahmoud Abughazal – Head of Architectural & Interior Design. June 2017   In the most holistic sense, our aim is to…

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Metro systems of today and tomorrow

  Public transportation systems are key to managing urban growth. Today’s expanding cities are implementing various types of transit technology to improve quality of life as well as economic and environmental performance.   The first modern metro system was the London Underground, which opened in 1890, and today runs 400 km with 270 stations. By…

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A “New Nature” Park Using Recycled Water

  In Riyadh, water is so precious that it must be used more than once. Recaptured, treated municipal water is not only used for irrigation and industrial cooling, but also, occasionally, for recreational purposes.   This is the case is the new Prince Sattam Park, a passive-leisure space currently under construction on the city’s western…

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8 Features of the Vernacular Architecture of the Hejaz

  The idea of “vernacular architecture” might initially conjure images of Italian hill town plazas or the whitewashed, blue-trimmed houses of Sidi bou-Said, Tunisia. Fewer people are familiar with the vernacular architecture of Saudi Arabia’s western region, called the Hejaz, which was the subject of a significant research project by Omrania.   Our team found…

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Salam Park: Activating the Landscape

  Riyadh, once an ancient oasis settlement, is now a modern metropolis, but it has not forgotten its green roots. At the heart of the city lies Salam Park, designed by Omrania with Aukett Fitzroy Robinson, an urban oasis that represents a breakthrough in environmental planning and design for Riyadh.   Since opening in 2003,…

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The GOSI building and the inception of Omrania

  In 1973, in the context of a rapidly growing Riyadh, Mr. Basem Shihabi teamed with Mr. Nabil Fanous to enter a limited design competition for the new headquarters of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI). Their proposal for a modern yet timeless building won the competition, leading them to open a small atelier…

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Adaptation and Innovation – CMA Tower, Riyadh

  This is one in a series of blog posts covering the intelligent, functional, and sustainable features of the Capital Market Authority (CMA) building, an 80-story class-A office skyscraper designed as a joint venture by Omrania and HOK, currently under construction, which establishes a new architectural and engineering benchmark for Riyadh while transforming the city’s…

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Designing a Healthier Workplace

  When the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) approached Omrania to design its new headquarters campus in Riyadh, we saw an opportunity to go beyond immediate functional requirements. We challenged our design team and our client to think broadly about quality-of-life issues for staff, executives, and visitors alike. By: Marcus Leyland – Chief Architect.  February 2016.  …

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Omrania & HOK Present CMA Tower at International Tall Buildings Conference in New York

  80-story tower in Riyadh will be one of the world’s most high-tech supertall buildings   NEW YORK – Basem Al-Shihabi, Omrania’s Managing Director, and Roger Soto, an HOK design principal, both participate at the annual international conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which takes place from 26-30 October 2015…

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