Category: insights

Form and Context: The KAFD Grand Mosque

As the spiritual center of the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh, the design of the KAFD Grand Mosque reflects its modern context, the desert environment of Saudi Arabia, and the traditions of Islam.   Since the foundation of Islam in the seventh century, mosque architecture has evolved to reflect various civic and sacred…

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4 Elements of High-Performance Building Envelopes

  A facade shouldn’t just dictate how a building looks, but how it works — especially in the harsh climate of Saudi Arabia By Meshal AlButhie, Architect   With every project, Omrania strives to design unique, high-performance building envelopes that are appropriate for their context. The envelope must be able to withstand the forces of…

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Inside The New Hilton Riyadh Hotel And Residences

 . The 5-star hotel and apartments complex offers the best in contemporary living. Designed with today’s cosmopolitan clients in mind, the new Hilton Riyadh is refined, understated, and sophisticated. It comprises 645 hotel rooms and 221 furnished apartment units with exclusive access to upscale amenities. The architectural design was developed in a joint venture of…

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More than a Metro Station

 . When Omrania won an international competition to design the Arriyadh Metro Western Station, we focused on making it a more than just a useful and comfortable place for commuters and travelers. It is a civic landmark with mixed-use attractions and public spaces.   The Western Station is a signature multi-modal hub for the new…

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Beyond Masonry: Sustainable Materials for the Building Envelope

. Sustainable building practices require an understanding of each material’s embodied energy and expected energy performance over the life of the building.   Picking up on our recent post “Sustainable Materials — Building with Earth and Stone,” here we expand the discussion to include other types of building facade materials commonly used in contemporary architecture.…

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Omrania Classics: Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry

. A catalyst of Riyadh’s spectacular growth, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry headquarters, designed by Omrania, was completed in 1983.   The eight-story office building is composed of glass-enclosed cantilevered volumes set within a granite-clad frame. Although the design is clearly modern, the square plan, central atria, prominent use of stone, and symmetrical facades…

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6 Benefits of Tall Buildings

  Tall buildings require a tremendous amount of energy to construct and to operate, but they also offer tremendous opportunities for innovation and sustainability.   The construction industry is one of the greatest contributors to CO2 gasses in the world. As buildings get taller, that number is only going to rise unless dramatic changes are…

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Contemporary Design Inspired By Architectural Heritage

 . Omrania’s proposed design for the National Architectural Heritage Museum reflects our belief in the importance of learning from the past to design for the future.   We are dedicated to creating architecture that is both innovative and contextual. This is particularly important when building in Saudi Arabia, where we strive to design in a…

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Designing A Thriving Business Community: GOSI Office Park

. The award-winning GOSI Office Park has been recognized as one of the best mixed-use developments in Saudi Arabia.   Set in a strategic location, the GOSI Office Park demonstrates a total integration of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and planning by Omrania. This 155,000-square-meter, mixed-use development comprises six high-rise office towers, four mid-rise office buildings…

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Designing a Healthier Workplace : The Case of SEC HQ

  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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THE GREEN FEATURE HIDDEN INSIDE THE NCCI BUILDING

  The twin granite-and-glass towers comprising the NCCI headquarters have become a recognized landmark in Riyadh. Less visible but no less of an achievement is the building’s thermal energy storage system — a landmark accomplishment in its own right. Designed by Omrania’s engineers in the 1990s, NCCI’s thermal energy storage system is thought to be the…

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The Kingdom Centre: An Icon for Riyadh

. A symbol of modern Riyadh since it was completed in 2002, the Kingdom Centre contains a mixed-use program that has made it one of the most active and thriving places in the city.   Fifteen years after the opening of the 300-meter-tall Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, it is virtually impossible to imagine the Saudi…

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