Cultural Complex in Muscat by Architecture Studio
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The winning design for Oman’s new cultural Complex in Muscat by Architecture Studio .
AS.Architecture-Studio has won the international competition organised by the
Sultanate of Oman in order to achieve a new urban centre bringing together the
National Archives, the National Library and the Omani National Theatre next to Muscat
main gateway. The project will be designed on a 40,000 sqm area. Its estimated budget
reaches OMR 40 million.
The complex emerges in a unique landscape, between the sea and the mountains, as
an oasis made up of palms and mineral columns. The cultural centre is covered by a
canopy, which is bent at its western side by the National Theatre.This musharabieh
canopy that filters sunbeams is a reference to Omani architecture; in the same way, a
trickle crosses covered gardens in reference to falajs.
Contracting authority Sultanate of Oman
Architect AS. Architecture-Studio (M. Robain,
R. Tisnado, JF. Bonne, A.
Bretagnolle, RH. Arnaud, LM.
Fischer, M. Lehmann, R. Ayache, Gaspard Joly, Marica Piot, Mariano Efron and Amar Sabeh El Leil)
Associated architects Gulf Engineering Consultancy
Engineering SETEC Bâtiment
Environmental strategy Eco-Cités
Surface 40,000 sqm
Cost OMR 40 million
competition 2008, prize winner
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