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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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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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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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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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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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Construction update: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences

 . The 114-room Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences is progressing nicely through construction, as seen in our latest footage. . Set on a long and narrow site in the verdant Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh, the building has a modified linear floorplate to provide visual variety from both inside and outside. The remainder of the site…

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A “New Nature” Park Using Recycled Water

  In Riyadh, water is so precious that it must be used more than once. Recaptured, treated municipal water is not only used for irrigation and industrial cooling, but also, occasionally, for recreational purposes.   This is the case is the new Prince Sattam Park, a passive-leisure space currently under construction on the city’s western…

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