Expo 67 and the Promise of New Technology

  “A great World’s Fair,” according to Museum of Modern Art curator Paola Antonelli, “is a plausible fantasy based on the impact of science and technology on society.” The 1967 International and Universal Exposition, known as Expo 67, which opened to the public on 27 April 1967 and attracted more than 50 million visitors to…

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The Evolution of Mosque Architecture

  Mosques are more than places of worship — they are community gathering spaces that take a variety of forms depending on their cultural and environmental context. Since the foundation of Islam in the seventh century CE, the architecture of mosques has reflected the various roles they have played in Muslim society, including educational, civic, ceremonial,…

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The GOSI building and the inception of Omrania

  In 1973, in the context of a rapidly growing Riyadh, Mr. Basem Shihabi teamed with Mr. Nabil Fanous to enter a limited design competition for the new headquarters of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI). Their proposal for a modern yet timeless building won the competition, leading them to open a small atelier…

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Engineering a City of Bridges

  The hilltop city of Constantine, Algeria, perched on a plateau 640 meters above sea level, has long been shaped by its extreme topography. Bisected by the gorge of the Rhumel River, it is known as the “City of Bridges,” with the ancient citadel or “kasbah” on one side and the modern city on the…

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Adaptation and Innovation – CMA Tower, Riyadh

  This is one in a series of blog posts covering the intelligent, functional, and sustainable features of the Capital Market Authority (CMA) building, an 80-story class-A office skyscraper designed as a joint venture by Omrania and HOK, currently under construction, which establishes a new architectural and engineering benchmark for Riyadh while transforming the city’s…

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Richard Neutra’s vision for a more livable modernism

  Today we honor the legacy of Richard J. Neutra (April 8, 1892—April 16, 1970), the architect whose approach to modern architecture and landscape reflects the ideals of health and livability.   Much more so than many of his early-modernist peers, Neutra, sought to bring the natural world into architecture. His many built works, together…

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Phase 1 completed of King Abdulaziz Camels Festival

  Infrastructure construction works are completed for phase 1 of the Camel Heritage Village in Riyadh.   The campus is designed to become a home for the largest camel festival in the Kingdom. Design and construction works were accelerated to get the place ready within a 2-months time frame to host the 2017 Camel Beauty…

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Nabil Fanous, co-founder of Omrania, passes away

Nabil Fanous 1940 – 2017   It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Nabil Fanous, co-founder of Omrania and a distinguished architect who made vital contributions to the places and people touched by his work.  On behalf of the team of Omrania, we wish to offer our sincere condolences and…

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Local handcrafts artwork to decorate Radison Blu Hotel

  Our upcoming 5 stars Radison Blu Hotel – in the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh – will be decorated with the works of Saudi artisans, as part of a local community development initiative.   Turquoise Mountain was commissioned – by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and King Salman Center for Disability…

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Designing a Healthier Workplace

  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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Construction Completed on MOH Pilot Project

  Infrastructure construction is completed on the first of the Ministry of Housing (MOH) projects in Hinakiya, in the western region of Saudi Arabia.   The 470,023 sqm new housing community is part of the Ministry’s program “land & loan”; which aims at increasing market supply of small residential plots zoned for detached single family…

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Secretariat General of GCC In Bahrain

  Omrania joins in a limited international design competition to design the Secretariat General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Building Complex In Bahrain.   Grandeur and formality are the name of the game in this complex. Starting with the architectural masses and ending with the detailing language, everything works in harmony. A new interpretation of…

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