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“Fast Track to the Future” Highlights Omrania Station Design

. A book on design and construction of Riyadh’s new integrated transit system calls the Omrania-designed Western Station a “symbol of urban renewal” and a step towards a “more urbane and sustainable Riyadh.”   “Fast Track to the Future” (Volume 1) provides the first comprehensive account of the planning, architecture, engineering, construction, and economics of…

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Metro Station Construction Update

  The Western Station of the Riyadh Metro continues to take shape on its 11.7-ha site. The progress on the steel structure will allow for the installation of the building enclosure and systems in the coming months.   Construction is advancing steadily on the Western Station of the new Riyadh Metro, a 110,000-square-metre transit center…

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What is BIM? And why do we use it?

  Omrania has integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) into our practice to offer clients better designed, optimized buildings and a more efficient construction process.   What is BIM? At Omrania, we understand the benefits and challenges of BIM not only from our own perspective, but that of the client, developer, and contractor. Building Information Modeling,…

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The Story of Omrania’s Headquarters Building

  The Waha Office Building in Riyadh, home to Omrania and other companies, demonstrates Omrania’s ability to innovate through high-performance design while respecting the urban context.   Tucked into a triangular site in a mixed-use neighborhood, the Waha Office Building does not immediately call attention to itself. Its 3.5-story height and clear-cut geometry fit in…

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Transcending Tradition: Tuwaiq Palace, 20 Years After the Aga Khan Award

  It’s been two decades since Omrania’s collaborative design for the Tuwaiq Palace was honored with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in the 1996-1998 cycle. We take a look back at what the judges found so remarkable about this landmark project.   The design of Tuwaiq Palace came out of an international competition organized…

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Engineering and Details: The KAFD Grand Mosque

. The mosque’s crystalline structural enclosure integrates all of the building’s systems, producing a consistent architectural experience from exterior to interior.   The KAFD Grand Mosque’s contemporary design adapts traditional Islamic architectural principles to complement the modern architectural language of the KAFD and respond to the desert climate, as discussed in our previous post. Here,…

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Omrania founder Basem Al-Shihabi speaks at the 2nd Falak Unreasonable Thinking Summit in Bahrain

. Participating in a two-day international forum intended to promote innovative thinking and creative problem-solving, Basem Al-Shihabi, the Managing Director of Omrania, shared insights from his early career as well as current projects that transcend ordinary thinking.   The second edition of the ‘Falak Unreasonable Thinking Summit’ was hosted by Falak Consulting, a Bahrain-based strategy…

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The Multiple Meanings of Function in Architecture

  The importance of function has been enshrined in architecture since ancient times. But what is the nature of that function? We identify five distinct kinds of function that can, at best, be interwoven through skillful design.   The primacy of function in architectural design appeared as early as the 2,000-year old treatise by Vitruvius,…

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Omrania Participates in 2018 Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference

. The 13th installment of the international conference, attended by six Omrania partners and senior Directors, reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to the goals of Vision 2030. Architecture and sustainable urban planning remain central to the nation’s ambitious economic development framework.   Omrania was pleased to attend the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference in Riyadh on 2-3…

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Designing a Civic Landmark: the Saudi Embassy in Jordan

  Overlooking Amman from a terraced hilltop site, the Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jordan forms a diplomatic “acropolis” that reflects an ideal of timeless dignity.   Omrania was honored to receive the commission to design the Saudi Embassy in Amman. The embassy’s Classically bold design is animated by a series…

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Omrania Projects Shortlisted for 2018 Arab Architects Awards

. Omrania’s Saudi Embassy in Amman and Riyadh Hilton Hotel and Furnished Apartments were selected to compete for the top prize in their respective categories. The preliminary jury was held on 6 July 2018 in Beirut, Lebanon.   Managing Director Mr. Basem Al-Shihabi of Omrania was notified by representatives of the Federation of Lebanese Engineers…

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Metro Station Construction Moves Ahead

  Construction on the Omrania-designed Western Station of the new Arriyadh Metro system continues to make progress. The steel framing of the dune-inspired canopies is coming along well, and other elements of the site plan are beginning to become visible.   Recent photos of the 11.7-hectare site show several of the gracefully arching steel canopy…

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