Alfardan HeightsSultan Qaboos, Muscat, Oman
Located to the South of Sultan Qaboos Street, the pre-eminent highway in Oman, halfway between Muscat International Airport and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque sits the proposed site of 9,775m² for the grand Sultan Qaboos mixed-use development.
The building is designed to accommodate a range of spaces including over 150 luxurious apartments and more than 17,000m² of premium office space, retail and hospitality services. The mixed-use project is at an easily accessible destination point of the city. It aims to provide the community an opportunity for business and economic growth as well as a sense of place and leisure.
At ground level the front façade faces out onto the busy Al-Maaridh Street, drawing in the passersby, while the adjacent façade overlooks Sultan Qaboos Street. These wide, busy main roads give the site prominence and offer extensive open views to and from the site.
The concept design is inspired by traditional Omani architecture that aims to embody the architectural language of the sultanate identity and culture. The simplicity and clarity of the site’s street grid acts as a backbone to the building’s design. The structure’s construction emanates elegance and harmoniously relates to its surroundings with its use of clear glass combined with ceramic, Islamic geometric patterns. The glazing spans along the façade in a variety of proportions, in an organized arbitrariness, stimulating the spirit of randomness form used in traditional dress and decorations. The use of color embraces Oman’s natural landscape developing a language of architecture that dissolves the traditional into the modern to create a contemporary architecture with a diverse selection of elements and materials.
The buildings programme reveals certain public spaces through its semi transparent façade whilst respecting the privacy and concealment of other more private usages. This arrangement creates an artistic approach to express its mixed-use functionality, and forms a strong connection with its community and surrounding environment.
Client: Alfardan Properties Co.
Location: Sultan Qaboos, Muscat, Oman
Plot area: 9,775m²
Built up area: 91,426m²
Floors: 3B + G + 8F + P
Scope: Design & Construction Supervision
Status: Completed (2019)