Life @ Omrania : The Amman Office

  The modern, light-filled work environment embodies the company’s core values and design philosophy.   Completed in 2014, Omrania’s branch office in Amman, Jordan is designed with the needs of today’s professionals in mind. Its combination of edgy sophistication and quiet elegance reflects the company’s contemporary identity. The 1,111 square-meter office overlooks the homes, embassies,…

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BOOK REVIEW — THE FUNCTION OF ORNAMENT

  The Function of Ornament became an instant classic by showing how modern architectural ornament reflects cultural values not by transmitting specific symbolic content, but by transmitting timeless perceptual experiences.   First published in 2006, The Function of Ornament collects work produced in a studio at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design led by…

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VIDEO PREVIEW OF ARRIYADH METRO WESTERN STATION

. The integrated light rail and bus station will offer vibrant gardens, markets, and other public amenities. Currently under construction, the Western Station is one of four multimodal hubs anchoring the new metropolitan transit system comprising six light-rail lines, three bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, 24 local bus routes, and multiple park-and-ride facilities. The station…

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HOW GEOMETRY IS USED IN ISLAMIC DESIGN

 . The geometric techniques enabling complex patterns in Islamic design are revealed in a 5-minute TED-Ed animated lesson. . “In Islamic culture, geometry is everywhere.” These are the opening words of an animated lesson entitled “The Complex Geometry of Islamic Design” created by the Britain-based author and artist Eric Broug. In just five minutes, Broug…

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BEACON OF THE NIGHT SKY: THE KINGDOM CENTRE

  After sunset, the skyline of Riyadh comes to life with the colorful glow of the instantly recognizable Kingdom Centre. The iconic 300-meter tower, designed by Omrania in association with Ellerbe Becket, is crowned by an inverted catenary arch spanned by a glass skybridge observatory — a familiar and beloved sight on the Riyadh skyline. When…

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A SCHOOL MADE BY HAND, USING LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND MATERIALS

  The METI Handmade School exemplifies how architecture can improve lives and preserve cultural identity. Located in the rural village of Rudrapur, Bangladesh, the school was designed by architects Anna Heringer and Eike Roswag to be built with local knowledge, local skills, and local materials.   Rudrapur’s vernacular earth and straw buildings are often poorly…

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NEW MOSQUE ARCHITECTURE: BALANCING TRADITION AND MODERNITY

  The design of new mosques poses considerable challenges to contemporary architects, who must honor the past while leaving room for continuing evolution of a living building type.   By: Nihad Alamiri, Marketing Manager – August 2017   Today, most architects stand in awe before the grand edifices that were built in the past. The…

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Omrania Classics: The GOSI Housing and Commercial Center

  Designed for the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), this contextual yet modern mixed-use complex was designed to reflect a modernizing Riyadh. This post is part of a series exploring the evolution of Omrania since its founding in 1973.   The GOSI Housing and Commercial Center was completed in 1984, during a period of…

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Eco-City Planning – Organic Structures

  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   Following our earlier post on organic urbanism, here we focus on organic structures and their potentially pragmatic influence…

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KAFD Grand Mosque shortlisted for WAF Award

. Omrania’s architectural design for the KAFD Grand Mosque has earned a place on the shortlist for the 2017 World Architecture Festival awards.   The boldly contemporary mosque, one of Omrania’s signature projects of the past few years, forms the spiritual heart of the new King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Inspired by the geometries…

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Omrania retains BMG Financial Group to prepare for stock market listing

  Omrania has engaged the services of BMG Financial Group as a financial consultant to help Omrania become listed on the Saudi stock exchange.   The hiring of BMG Financial Group represents an important early step in the process of becoming a publicly traded company in Saudi Arabia. Eventually Omrania intends to be listed on…

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Architecture for Transit and a New Riyadh

  After decades of car-centric planning, Riyadh is embracing a more balanced transport strategy. The new Riyadh Metro— with a major station designed by Omrania — is the centerpiece of a sustainable Riyadh.   By Maher Shkoukani, Senior Projects Manager   Freeways, wide roads, and automobile infrastructure supported Riyadh’s phenomenal growth from a population of 150,000…

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