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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Remembering Sinan, master builder and architect

  The great architect-engineer Sinan combined technical mastery and aesthetic vision to create an astounding series of buildings, monuments, and public works at the height of the Ottoman Empire.   Few architects or engineers in history cast a larger shadow that Sinan (1489–1588), whose majestic structures and engineering projects redefined the built environment of Istanbul…

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Book Review : The Arab City – Architecture and Representation

  There is perhaps no better place to examine the forging of identity through architecture — and the layering of old and new — than the cities of the Middle East and North Africa.   The Arab City: Architecture and Representation analyzes contemporary architectural and urban production in the Middle East, including both the rising cities of…

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SEC HQ cover story in Gulf Construction magazine

. Our new SEC headquarters complex is the cover story of the June 2017 issue of Gulf Construction magazine   The interview features extensive quotes from the project’s team at Omrania. The project “has been designed with the ultimate comfort of its employees in mind,” the accompanying article, titled “Breaking New Ground,” says. Gulf Construction…

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Recap from Omrania’s 2017 Corporate Iftar Event

. On Monday 12 June 2017, 300 of Omrania’s team and guests gathered to participate in the company’s 44th annual corporate Iftar event hosted at the distinguished Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh.   Following the Iftar banquet, Mr. Basem Al-Shihabi — Managing Director and co-founder of Omrania — addressed the audience and presented the three newest…

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Turning constraints into design opportunities – 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 in Riyadh designed as a joint venture by Omrania and HOK.   By:  Philip Willmetts, CMA Project Manager (Detailed Design)  – June 2017   Sited on…

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Pier Luigi Nervi and the Marriage of Architecture and Engineering

  Operating at the intersection of architecture and engineering, Pier Luigi Nervi explored the formal and structural limitations of his concrete throughout his distinguished career.   Italian structural innovator Pier Luigi Nervi (June 21, 1891–January 9, 1979) was described by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner as “the most brilliant artist in reinforced concrete of our time.”…

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