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Mutrah Fishmarket Muscat : Development in Oman, Middle East
Mutrah Fishmarket in Muscat - design by Snøhetta
18 Feb 2010
The fish market is at the heart of Mutrah, and is essential not only for the continuation of historical trading traditions but also for the needs of the growing tourism industry.
The radial shape of Mutrah’s characteristic bay shows a clear relationship between the city, the mountains and the waterfront. The radial nature of the bay is emphasized in the form of the new fish market, which references both the former waterfront and the continuation of the cornice. This is further emphasized in the curved wall that defines the northern spine of the new fish market in Mutrah. The wall is suggested to be constructed as a rammed earth structure; sustainable, traditional, and refined.
The new market enhances the public setting by forming a dynamic shaded canopy, organizing the spaces beneath, both visually and environmentally. The canopy’s form is derived from the sinuous flow of Arabic calligraphy. The canopy is a playful movement of light and shadow built from aluminum fins, providing shade, natural ventilation, and an ephemeral appearance.
The new fish market will provide the city with a strong focal point, layering local activities, the fishing industry and tourism in Mutrah, sympathetically uniting the old and new. The design introduces a new landmark on the waterfront along the lively corniche in Mutrah.
Mutrah Fishmarket - Building Information
Project: Mutrah Fish Market
Location: Mutrah, Muscat, Oman
Architect : Snøhetta
Typology: Fish market
Mutrah Fishmarket in Muscat, Oman images / information from Snøhetta
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