Muttrah souk inspires wider regeneration

Friday 24 May 2013

Mixed-use plans for Madinat As Sultan Qaboos draws on local design culture

Within the centre of Muscat sits the neighbourhood of Madinat As Sultan Qaboos, a unique part of the city with a distinctly residential feel home to many members of the expat community. Kamvari Architects were approached in early 2013 to produce a number of ideas for their client in regards to the future of site situated in the centre of this neighbourhood.

The site currently has number of uses from religious building to offices, restaurant and shops. The clients were interested in new and innovative ideas for the regeneration of the site without losing touch with traditional approach to design within Oman and certainly the region.

The starting point for this project was an investigation into the development of Oman as a country, more specifically relating to pre-oil and post-oil urban changes. With an ever changing demand on housing and the way Omanis choose to live the understudying of their culture and specific needs was crucial to the development of the concept.

The architects looked at the development of Muscat and specifically the area called Muttrah the commercial heart of city. Kamvari Architects looked at how the souk in this part of Muscat had grown over a number of years to become the predominate location for trade for Omanis.

The way in which the souk had been organised and the embedded intelligence in terms of dealing with climatic issues were of great influence in the approach to the site.

The intention with this proposal was to use the team's understanding of growth in an organic manner such as the example of Muttrah and combine this with advanced digital technologies to propose and innovative solution which was related to the history, culture and context of the site.

The proposal seeks to create a mixed use scheme on site whilst incorporating the mosque into a dynamic environment which allows a range of cultural, social and commercial activities to take place.

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