Category: insights

The Mosque and the City: KAFD Grand Mosque in Context

. Omrania’s award-winning design for KAFD Grand Mosque in Riyadh emerged in response to the surrounding urban fabric. Conceived as a 21st-century landmark —and the spiritual heart of the King Abdullah Financial District — the mosque offers a unified architectural experience from exterior to interior.   Mosques are well understood as spiritual spaces, but they…

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A Building Envelope Designed for Climate, Maintenance and Aesthetics

. Unlike traditional glass and metal facades, the high-performance envelope of the PIF Tower in Riyadh is designed specifically for the hot, sunny climate. The building’s carefully crafted, multi-layered enclosure system includes built-in shading and maintenance infrastructure that complements its geometric form. The 385-meter tower represents a successful fusion of functional and aesthetic criteria—and a…

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The Future of Air Conditioning

. The world is getting hotter, but air conditioning uses too much energy and emits too much carbon to be sustainable. What’s the future of a technology that we can’t live without, but also can’t afford to keep using? While innovators across the globe are attempting to develop alternative air conditioning systems like radiative cooling,…

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Metro Station Interior Design Enhances Comfort and Sustainability

. More than just a point for coming and going, an urban transit hub can elevate commuters’ daily experience and add value to surrounding neighborhoods. That’s why Omrania designed the Western Station of the Riyadh Metro with welcoming, expansive, and sustainable interiors. The station connects multiple modes of transit and provides maximum accessibility and convenience.…

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How Design Adds Value at the Hilton Riyadh

. Now firmly established as one of the finest contemporary hospitality and residential apartment developments in the Saudi capital, the Hilton Riyadh shows the value of architecture and interior design as an essential ingredient to success.   When Omrania was commissioned to design the Hilton Riyadh, the client presented their vision for a world-class address,…

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From Idea to Construction: the Design of Tuwaiq Palace

. A 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, Chairman of Omrania’s Board of Directors.   In a 10-minute documentary produced by the Ministry of Culture of Saudi Arabia, Omrania founder and Chairman Basem Al-Shihabi discusses the genesis of the…

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Omrania’s outdoor sculpture “Mashlah” complements architecture

. Installed at the entrance to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Riyhadh, the looping abstract artwork expresses the notion of infinity. Here art merges with architecture, interior design, and landscape.   Art is everywhere at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, a luxury establishment in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter. When Omrania was commissioned to handle the…

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3D Printing Comes of Age: Robotic Construction Is Becoming Reality in the Middle East

. As 3D printing begins to disrupt the construction industry, the Middle East could become a global leader in pioneering new technology and applying the latest innovations to building fabrication and construction.   Additive manufacturing, known as 3D printing, is transforming many industries. 3D printers now appear everywhere, from the medical sector to the tech…

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Why Healthy Buildings Matter to Global Real Estate Investors — and to Architects

. A recent report seeks to quantify the extent to which global real estate investors are focusing on health and wellness as an investment strategy across office, residential, retail, and other building types. Reflecting the views of transnational industry groups with USD $5.75 trillion total assets under management, the report serves as an inspiration to…

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Smart Cities Need Culture and Community, Not Just Data

. Urban development can benefit tremendously from new information and computing technologies, but smart cities can underperform if they lack strong human and cultural connections.   The advent of big data and massive computing power in the 21st century has inspired a wave of data-driven urban planning and “smart city” development. In some ways, the…

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Four Key Factors Will Shape the Future of the Saudi Hospitality Industry

. In discussing the future of the Saudi hospitality industry, Omrania’s Chief Interior Designer, Oleg Cosneanu, emphasizes the importance of four elements: local context, people, uniqueness, and Saudi Vision.   When Oleg Cosneanu, Omrania’s Chief Interior Designer, was invited to participate in a prestigious panel discussion on the future of hospitality — as part of…

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Award Video Calls KAFD Grand Mosque “an architectural masterpiece”

. Omrania’s design for the Grand Mosque of the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh is featured in a short video that highlights the balance of heritage and innovation.   In December 2021, the KAFD Grand Mosque was selected as a winner of the third cycle of the Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture.…

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