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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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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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Life @ Omrania : The Amman Office

  The modern, light-filled work environment embodies the company’s core values and design philosophy.   Completed in 2014, Omrania’s branch office in Amman, Jordan is designed with the needs of today’s professionals in mind. Its combination of edgy sophistication and quiet elegance reflects the company’s contemporary identity. The 1,111 square-meter office overlooks the homes, embassies,…

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VIDEO PREVIEW OF ARRIYADH METRO WESTERN STATION

. The integrated light rail and bus station will offer vibrant gardens, markets, and other public amenities. Currently under construction, the Western Station is one of four multimodal hubs anchoring the new metropolitan transit system comprising six light-rail lines, three bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, 24 local bus routes, and multiple park-and-ride facilities. The station…

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BEACON OF THE NIGHT SKY: THE KINGDOM CENTRE

  After sunset, the skyline of Riyadh comes to life with the colorful glow of the instantly recognizable Kingdom Centre. The iconic 300-meter tower, designed by Omrania in association with Ellerbe Becket, is crowned by an inverted catenary arch spanned by a glass skybridge observatory — a familiar and beloved sight on the Riyadh skyline. When…

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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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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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