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Omrania Classics: Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry

. A catalyst of Riyadh’s spectacular growth, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry headquarters, designed by Omrania, was completed in 1983.   The eight-story office building is composed of glass-enclosed cantilevered volumes set within a granite-clad frame. Although the design is clearly modern, the square plan, central atria, prominent use of stone, and symmetrical facades…

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Contemporary Design Inspired By Architectural Heritage

 . Omrania’s proposed design for the National Architectural Heritage Museum reflects our belief in the importance of learning from the past to design for the future.   We are dedicated to creating architecture that is both innovative and contextual. This is particularly important when building in Saudi Arabia, where we strive to design in a…

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Omrania Presents At ZAK World Of Facades Conference

  Two Omrania architects shared insights on high-performance building envelope design at a conference that brought together Saudi Arabia’s facades industry stakeholders and leaders.   The 2017 Riyadh edition of the ZAK World of Facades conference, held on October 24th at the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, was an opportunity for architects, builders, and clients to…

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Designing A Thriving Business Community: GOSI Office Park

. The award-winning GOSI Office Park has been recognized as one of the best mixed-use developments in Saudi Arabia.   Set in a strategic location, the GOSI Office Park demonstrates a total integration of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and planning by Omrania. This 155,000-square-meter, mixed-use development comprises six high-rise office towers, four mid-rise office buildings…

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Sustainable Materials — Building With Earth And Stone

  Solar panels and green roofs may be the most overt signs of a “green” building, but sustainable architecture begins with selecting sustainable materials. By Hugh Kidman, Chief Design Architect – October 2017   As Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region increasingly embrace sustainable architecture and design,…

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Designing a Healthier Workplace : The Case of SEC HQ

  When the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) approached Omrania to design its new headquarters campus in Riyadh, we saw an opportunity to go beyond immediate functional requirements. We challenged our design team and our client to think broadly about quality-of-life issues for staff, executives, and visitors alike. By: Marcus Leyland – Chief Architect.  February 2016.  …

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THE GREEN FEATURE HIDDEN INSIDE THE NCCI BUILDING

  The twin granite-and-glass towers comprising the NCCI headquarters have become a recognized landmark in Riyadh. Less visible but no less of an achievement is the building’s thermal energy storage system — a landmark accomplishment in its own right. Designed by Omrania’s engineers in the 1990s, NCCI’s thermal energy storage system is thought to be the…

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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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