Peek inside the new Radisson Blu

. Boldly contemporary, beautifully designed interiors complement the architecture of the new Radisson Blu Hotel and Residences located in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter.   The interior design concept by SC Design+ took its cue from the architectural design by Omrania. It combines a clean, modern sensibility with a respect for context. Comprising 114 designer rooms as…

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Eco-City Planning – Organic Urbanism

. 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 Nature’s ability to adapt to changing conditions can serve as a model to planners and architects looking to create sustainable…

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The Great Mosque of Cordoba, a timeless masterpiece

. Unlike works of architecture conceived as a complete whole, the Great Mosque of Cordoba shows how modular design enables multiple expansions and adaptation over time.   An extraordinary achievement of medieval architecture, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain was expanded three times after the original structure was completed in 787 CE. Each of the…

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Construction Update: Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences

  The new Hilton Riyadh is in the final stages of construction. The 5-star hotel and furnished apartment complex is designed to surprise and delight — the result of a joint venture between Omrania and Goettsch Partners, with interior design by Omrania and David Wrenn Interiors. The two pinwheel-shaped towers are joined by a three-level…

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Anatomy of our new high-performance hotel facade system

  The soon-to-open Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence, ensconced in Riyadh’s prestigious Diplomatic Quarter, features a custom-designed climatic facade that saves energy and respects the physical and cultural context.   By: Meshal AlButhie – Architect. June 2017   Omrania designed and engineered the 114-room hotel and apartment building to achieve enhanced performance goals and a…

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Sustainable design part I: resource-effectiveness

. This post is part of our Design Ethos series, which explores the deeper thinking and intentions behind Omrania’s work. We strive to create functional, livable, contextual, sustainable, and timelessly beautiful places.   By: Mahmoud Abughazal – Head of Architectural & Interior Design. June 2017   In the most holistic sense, our aim is to…

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How Medieval Islamic Craftsmen Influenced Mechanical Engineering

. The classical age of Islamic civilization yielded advances in mechanical engineering along with mathematics and sciences.   Although much of the technology developed in the Arab world between approximately 800 CE and 1250 CE was passed from masters to apprentices without being formally documented, a number of inventors compiled illustrated manuscripts to share their…

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Frei Otto’s Lightweight Architecture

. The visionary German architect Frei Otto (31 May 1925 – 9 March 2015) spent his entire career looking to nature for inspiration, hoping to understand the “physical, biological, and technical processes which give rise to objects.”   His studies of natural structures and systems — including everything from animal skeletons to soap bubbles to…

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Book Review : Making It Modern

. The story of modern architecture and design has been told and re-told, but the story continues to unfold, changing our perspective on the past. Fresh questions arise as we contemplate how architects and engineers responded to the burst of ideas, technology, and social and economic forces that followed in the wake of the industrial…

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Metro systems of today and tomorrow

  Public transportation systems are key to managing urban growth. Today’s expanding cities are implementing various types of transit technology to improve quality of life as well as economic and environmental performance.   The first modern metro system was the London Underground, which opened in 1890, and today runs 400 km with 270 stations. By…

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Construction Update: Arriyadh Metro Western Station

. With Riyadh’s new metro system set to open in a few years, construction is proceeding rapidly on the Western Station, a multimodal transit hub designed by Omrania.   The subterranean parking, concrete ground pad, and elevated tracks are in place, as seen in a recent site photo. The curving roof forms of the station…

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From brownfield to urban garden: the Buttes-Chaumont Park at 150 years

  The idea of turning former industrial sites into public parks has become more common in recent years, but it is not new. In the spring of 1867, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont opened on a difficult site previously used for extracting gypsum and dumping urban waste.   The 25-hectare park — the third largest in…

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