Case Study: Mysk Al Mouj

By April 4, 20182018


Mysk Al Mouj Muscat is the flagship hotel for the Mysk by Shaza hotel group and the brief was clear – to design a contemporary hotel that would appeal to both business travellers and leisure guests.

A light palette with subtle overtones of local arabesque geometry was chosen to enrich the interior spaces and acknowledge the proud culture of Oman in a contemporary fashion. Using light colours helped to reflect light deep into the central spaces whilst unifying the appearance of the exposed corridors walls, doors and signage which is exposed to the arrival space.

Referencing the Geographical Context in the Design
Local Omani culture was the main inspiration for this hotel and we drew on the country’s rich traditions such as ornate jewellery, elaborate embroidery and traditional dress. These enduring traditions have been thoughtfully translated into a number of elements throughout the hotel such as brightly coloured floor coverings inspired by the patterns of local dress, and artwork on the walls featuring imposing forts and woven textiles. We took these design inspirations and implemented them into the design narrative in a contemporary approach to produce unique and appealing public spaces.

Drawing on Local Culture
Acting as a focal point in the lobby atrium the feature chandeliers were custom made as timeless pieces that are inspired by Omani jewellery and added unique perforated geometric panelling to the walls to create the illusion of light reflections. Materials such as brass, opal and semi-precious stones were given a modern twist throughout the hotel with ceiling pendant fixtures reminiscent of artistically crafted pieces of jewellery.

Material Selection
Most of the furniture pieces have been manufactured locally and many of the fabrics, where possible, were selected from a local mill to help reduce the carbon footprint.

Hard finishes specifically for high traffic areas were specified for the floors and we used double rub fabric and upholstery specifications for the furniture to ensure durability.