Category: insights

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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Omrania talks “architecture” in GULF 2020 : CEO Report

  GULF 2020 : CEO Report interviews Managing Director and Chairman of the Board, Basem Al Shihabi, who shares his insight behind Omrania’s professional practice, as well as the rationale behind the consultancy’s design philosophy.   The interview touches on how has architecture evolved over the recent past in the Kingdom, how to design buildings…

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