Kingdom Centre inspires dramatic photos during Riyadh Season

. During the 70-day public festival known as Riyadh Season, amateur and professional photographers turned their lenses on the life and culture of Riyadh, including popular architectural landmarks like the Kingdom Centre. Omrania is honored to contribute to the built environment of this growing metropolis.   Riyadh Season has been a great celebration of the…

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Value-Driven Maintenance: A Roadmap for Implementation

. In preceding posts, we explored the broad reasoning behind building O&M and the three principal approaches. In part 3, we map out practical implementation of O&M plans.   Deferred building maintenance is a worrying trend because the cost can be as much as 30 times that of early intervention. With budgets squeezed, it may…

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Winners of 2019 Omrania | CSBE Award Honored at Ceremony and Exhibition

. The twelfth cycle of the Award program united students, professors, architects, and members of the public to celebrate the next generation of great design.   The 2019 twelfth cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design once again drew hundreds of competitive submissions from dozens of universities in multiple countries across…

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Omrania Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Landscape Architecture and Design

. Managing Director Basem Al-Shihabi was honored at the First Landscape Middle East Awards Ceremonyhosted by Landscape Middle East Magazine.   On 25 November2019, Mr. Shihabi received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented byLandscape Middle East Magazine at a ceremony atthe Ritz Carlton DIFC Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to the event’s organizers, the…

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Contemporary Workspace Design: An Open and Shut Case

. Attracting and retaining innovative talent is a major consideration for employers today, adding to long-standing challenges for office designers. Increasingly, concerns of maximizing square footage and productivity are augmented by considerations of employee wellness and promoting flexibility and creative collaboration. Technology giants like Google have gone all in on the workplace-as-playground, but some employee-centric…

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Inside the Hotel Rooms and Apartments at the new Radisson Blu

. The guest rooms of the new Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence offer an upscale hospitality experience combining contemporary global style with touches of the Middle East.   Inside the new Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, guests can enjoy world-class sophistication and comfort with a hint of local flavor. The 110 elegantly designed rooms and…

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Sustainable Design in the Arab Peninsula: Culture and Technology

. In the first of our four-part series exploring Sustainable design in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East region, we look at the origin of the idea and how it evolved to become relevant to the unique nature of the Kingdom.   By: Marcus Leyland – Chief Architect   Almost 50 years since the…

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Urban Water Systems: The Great Sewer of Ancient Rome

. Constructed in Rome over two thousand years ago, the Cloaca Maxima (literally “greatest drain”) is one of the oldest large infrastructural projects in the Eternal City, predating its famed aqueducts and paved roads.   Built from massive blocks of volcanic rock and limestone, the monumental vaulted tunnel is large enough for a person to…

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Failure is Not an Option: Three Approaches to O&M

. In our first post in this series, we made the case for comprehensive operations and maintenance planning. In part two, we delve deeper into O&M by identifying five principal objectives and three different approaches.   So you’re convinced: developing a comprehensive building operations and maintenance (O&M) plan is worth it [see our first post…

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Inside The Hotel Rooms And Apartments At The Hilton Riyadh

. Serene, spacious and luxuriously appointed, the Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences feature custom-designed rooms and apartments for today’s discerning clientele.   Inside the award-winning Hilton Riyadh, guests and residents enjoy access to the finest in upscale hospitality and contemporary living. The development’s 645 luxury hotel rooms and 221 graciously furnished apartments reflect a full-service…

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The future of the BIM interface, part 1: connecting computers, software and people

. In previous posts on the topic of BIM, we described the broad principles of Building Information Modeling, how it is intended to function, and how Omrania has successfully implemented BIM technology. In this post we discuss the question of the interface and its future potential to streamline design and construction performance.   Underlying the…

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