Many countries throughout the Middle East have a long and sustained past which strongly imprints a sense of identify on the culture and place. In order to maintain the character of a place and thus preserve its identity, it is critical to first understand the specific historical, social and physical conditions of that particular place.
The architecture of the resort is intended to compliment the setting in which it’s placed. The incorporation of flat roofs and stone cladding, both in keeping with traditional Omani architecture, responds to the context and culture of its location. Simplicity of form and space is the paramount design strategy for this development with the emphasis being on a ‘wall architecture’.
This project has drawn inspiration from the country’s ancient and rich heritage taking into consideration the historical, social and physical conditions as outlined:
Rich with commodities, including copper, crafts, stone, agricultural goods and aromatics, like frankincense, it was a bustling treasure chest for traders and nomads alike. Centuries later, Muscat continues to be dominated by trade. Drawing commerce from around the world, it is peppered with government and oil offices, trading companies, lively markets and historic sites.
Muscat’s surroundings are a geographical mosaic made up of the soaring Western Al Hajar Mountains, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and the desert plains of the Ad Dakhiliyah Region. Connected to the interior by the Sunail Gap through the mountains, the city originally comprised three smaller towns: Muscat, which is often referred to as The Walled City; Muttrah, initially a fishing village; and Ruwi, which is generally considered the commercial and diplomatic centre of the city. Over time, the three merged into modern day Muscat, an enchanting metropolis and melting pot of cultures.