Area: 5000 m2
Scope: Concept design
Locus: Muscat . Oman
Scattered across the Omani landscape, massive forts stand the test of time as a symbol of what once was. Reinterpreting the interlocking volumes of a fort to complement the 21st century cityscape allowed the building to divide its spaces while giving off a stance of weight and authority.
Traditional Omani architecture, and Islamic architecture in general, has been influenced by the continuous scuffle between the public and private space. Coupled with courtyards and Mashrabiyas, Native is able to seamlessly separate the building’s executive quarters from the rest of its commercial areas.