Omrania Presents At ZAK World Of Facades Conference

  Two Omrania architects shared insights on high-performance building envelope design at a conference that brought together Saudi Arabia’s facades industry stakeholders and leaders.   The 2017 Riyadh edition of the ZAK World of Facades conference, held on October 24th at the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, was an opportunity for architects, builders, and clients to…

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The Smartest Building In The World?

  Referred to as “the first building in the world that interacts with people,” The Agnelli Foundation can create personalized atmospheric “bubbles” that follow inhabitants through the building.   The term “smart city” is a vaguely defined concept used to describe the integration of digital technologies into urban infrastructure to make the built environment safer,…

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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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Sustainable Materials — Building With Earth And Stone

  Solar panels and green roofs may be the most overt signs of a “green” building, but sustainable architecture begins with selecting sustainable materials. By Hugh Kidman, Chief Design Architect – October 2017   As Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region increasingly embrace sustainable architecture and design,…

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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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Stitching Past and Present: The Neues Museum, Berlin

  The reconstruction of the Neues Museum by David Chipperfield Architects artfully weaves contemporary forms into a tattered historic fabric, creating a sense of architectural continuity that reflects the passing of time and the events that shaped history.   Originally opened in 1855, the Neues Museum in Berlin was built to display archaeological artifacts gathered…

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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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How the Parc de la Villette Launched a New Era of Urban Park Design

  The Parc de la Villette in Paris, France, dramatically expanded ideas of what an urban park could be. The 1982 competition to design the park, won by the Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, attracted more than 450 proposals from around the world seeking to envision “a park for the twenty-first century.”   Built on 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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How the Milan Galleria influenced the architecture of shopping

  Opened in 1867, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II dramatically integrated modern shopping culture with urban public space. Consisting of an interior shopping street covered by a glass-and-iron roof, Milan’s magnificent shopping arcade connected two important public spaces, the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza della Scala. It was the epitome of a new building…

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How the Hajj Terminal welcomes pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

  The cable-stayed, fabric-roofed structure of the Hajj Terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia covers 40.5 hectares, making it one of the largest airport terminals in the world and a case study in climate-specific design.   The open-air structure, completed in 1981 to designs by architect Gordon Bunshaft and engineer Fazlur…

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THE KING ABDULAZIZ LIBRARY AND AUDITORIUM AT 18 YEARS OLD

  The King Abdulaziz Library and Auditorium buildings have served as the cultural heart of Riyadh since their completion in 1999.   Located in the King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre, a 374,000-square-meter urban redevelopment project, the library and auditorium buildings wrap around a large public plaza. Their gently curving facades are clad in the same…

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