Category: insights

How to Grow a Forest in the Desert

. Plans for King Salman Park, the future largest urban park in the world, include planting an emerald-green forest of a million trees. Omrania is working with our client and collaborators to transform the former desert airport site into a lush urban forest.   According to the project’s evolving design, the first step will be…

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Toward a Green Future: the Story of Riyadh’s Salam Park

. A popular gathering place in the heart of Riyadh, Salam Park combines urban planning with landscape architecture and infrastructure engineering to create an inviting and sustainable urban oasis. The mixed-use, 25 ha green space offers visitors a variety of places for leisure and social activities or quiet reflection.   Located within the historic center…

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How the Granada Business Park Connects to Its Urban Surroundings

. Omrania designed the Granada Business Park to provide a desirable work environment and seamless connections to shopping, leisure, residential, and hospitality facilities as well as convenient transit and road systems.   Granadia is a fast-growing community to the north of Riyadh’s historic center, easily accessible from both the city and the international airport. Omrania…

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5 Ways AR and VR Tech Can Improve Collaboration in the Office

. With the integration of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology, companies are starting to see the benefits of transitioning to a partially remote office operation that won’t hinder company culture and cross-team collaboration.   When companies were forced to shut their physical offices in 2020, both employers and employees showed resilience in…

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The office is dead; long live the office

. This is the last of 4-part series on the global development of office design. In this post we explore how offices migrated from the city to the suburbs and back again to the city. Modulating the interface between the office and its urban or environmental context remains a crucial factor for employees and employers…

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“Mashlah,” an artwork of continuity

. Omrania designs a unique sculptural installation at entrance of Radisson Blu Hotel, expressing the concept of infinity and respect for local culture.   Art and architecture have long enhanced one another. When Omrania was commissioned to design the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter, the design concept called for incorporating a…

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Machines for work: Technology as a determinant of office design

. This is part 3 of 4 in a series on the global development of office design. In the previous post we reviewed the historical evolution of regional types. In this post we explore how changing technologies have affected the design of the workplace, disrupting and reshaping spatial configurations.   Technology does not determine design,…

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From Idea to Construction: the Design of Tuwaiq Palace

. A new documentary by KSA’s Ministry of Culture reveals insights on the design of the award-winning Tuwaiq Palace, featuring an exclusive interview with Basem Al-Shihabi, the Managing Director of Omrania.   In a 10-minute documentary produced by the Ministry of Culture of Saudi Arabia, Omrania founder and Managing Director Basem Al-Shihabi discusses the genesis…

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How a Lush Park in the Desert Conserves and Recycles Water

. In Riyadh, water is too precious to use only once. The secret to designing a public river promenade in a desert valley? High-tech water systems that recapture and treat municipal water for a variety of purposes—including creating a scenic recreational environment.   Prince Sattam Park is a passive-leisure landscape currently under construction on the…

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The global office: historic evolution and regional variations

. This is part 2 of 4 in a series on the global development of office design. Previously we observed that the typical modern office building should not be seen as a universally applicable solution, but rather as a historically specific response to late-19th and early-20th century administration in northern Europe and North America. In…

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The Incredible Vision for King Salman Park

. Envisioned as the new heart of Riyadh, King Salman Park will increase the city’s open green space by 70 percent. This 9.3-square-kilometer urban oasis is not just a sanctuary of nature, but also a hub for culture, work and life.   Designed principally by Omrania, King Salman Park park will be “a man-made oasis…

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The global office: an archetype stretched to its limits?

. This is part 1 of 4 in a series on the global development of office design. Office architecture is synonymous with the modern urban landscape, yet traditional office buildings and layouts do not always meet the needs of a site or an organization. New planning and design models incorporate local character, environmental responsibility, urban…

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