4 Millbank: How Omrania Renewed a Historic Building in the Heart of London

  Thirty years ago, Omrania was commissioned to renovate a prominent 1916 office building in the City of Westminster, London, just steps from the UK Houses of Parliament. The successful project at 4 Millbank involved a combination of historic preservation and innovative design.   Working in complex urban environments is a challenge that Omrania enjoys.…

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Omrania Hosts AIA Middle East Open House Event

  Approximately 200 guests were welcomed at Omrania’s headquarters offices in Riyadh on the evening of January 21, 2019. The cordial occasion included stimulating conversation with our talented team members and a behind-the-scenes view of some of our latest projects.   The event was organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Middle East and…

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Top Student Work Honored at 2018 Omrania | CSBE Award Ceremony and Exhibition

  Students, professors, and members of the public came together for the presentation of the 2018 Omrania | CSBE Student Award, the eleventh cycle of the program.   Over 200 student projects were submitted from 40 universities in 11 countries in the Arab world. Award jury members Elias Anastas, Sahel Al Hiyari, and Ammar Khamash…

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“Fast Track to the Future” Highlights Omrania Station Design

. A book on design and construction of Riyadh’s new integrated transit system calls the Omrania-designed Western Station a “symbol of urban renewal” and a step towards a “more urbane and sustainable Riyadh.”   “Fast Track to the Future” (Volume 1) provides the first comprehensive account of the planning, architecture, engineering, construction, and economics of…

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Metro Station Construction Update

  The Western Station of the Riyadh Metro continues to take shape on its 11.7-ha site. The progress on the steel structure will allow for the installation of the building enclosure and systems in the coming months.   Construction is advancing steadily on the Western Station of the new Riyadh Metro, a 110,000-square-metre transit center…

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What is BIM? And why do we use it?

  Omrania has integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) into our practice to offer clients better designed, optimized buildings and a more efficient construction process.   What is BIM? At Omrania, we understand the benefits and challenges of BIM not only from our own perspective, but that of the client, developer, and contractor. Building Information Modeling,…

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The Story of Omrania’s Headquarters Building

  The Waha Office Building in Riyadh, home to Omrania and other companies, demonstrates Omrania’s ability to innovate through high-performance design while respecting the urban context.   Tucked into a triangular site in a mixed-use neighborhood, the Waha Office Building does not immediately call attention to itself. Its 3.5-story height and clear-cut geometry fit in…

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Transcending Tradition: Tuwaiq Palace, 20 Years After the Aga Khan Award

  It’s been two decades since Omrania’s collaborative design for the Tuwaiq Palace was honored with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in the 1996-1998 cycle. We take a look back at what the judges found so remarkable about this landmark project.   The design of Tuwaiq Palace came out of an international competition organized…

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Vernacular Architecture of Makkah

  This post is one in a series on the vernacular architecture of Saudi Arabia’s Western Region, known as the Hejaz, which includes the important pilgrimage towns of Makkah and Madinah as well as the economically important city of Jeddah.   The plan and character of the Holy City of Makkah (Mecca) was shaped by…

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Engineering and Details: The KAFD Grand Mosque

. The mosque’s crystalline structural enclosure integrates all of the building’s systems, producing a consistent architectural experience from exterior to interior.   The KAFD Grand Mosque’s contemporary design adapts traditional Islamic architectural principles to complement the modern architectural language of the KAFD and respond to the desert climate, as discussed in our previous post. Here,…

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How Mass Timber Is Making Wood Construction Viable Again

. Thanks to new innovations in wood construction, one of the oldest building materials may become the building material of the future. “Mass timber” products such as glued laminated timber and cross-laminated timber are being used for increasingly large structures. They offer environmental and cost benefits — and they don’t burn like ordinary wood.   Although…

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Water Management: How the Ancient Nabataeans Built a Desert Paradise

. The 2,000-year-old city of Petra, Jordan, known for the magnificent temples carved into its red sandstone cliffs, is also home to an incredible feat of hydraulic engineering. An extensive water supply system turned this ancient city into a man-made oasis supporting a substantial population.   At its peak, Petra was the thriving capital of…

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