Mutrah Fishmarket Muscat Building: Snohetta Oman

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Mutrah Fishmarket Muscat

Development in Oman, Middle East – design by Snøhetta, architects

2 Jan 2018 + 18 Feb 2010

Mutrah Fish Market

Architect: Snøhetta

Location: Muscat, Oman

Snøhetta Completes the Muttrah Fish Market

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

West of Muscat, on the coast of Gulf of Oman, a new fish market has taken the stand as a new landmark on the waterfront along the lively corniche in Muttrah. The Snøhetta-designed Muttrah Fish Market is created to serve as a focal point for the community of Muttrah, while simultaneously functioning as a hub for Oman’s thriving fishing industry.

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Situated at the heart of Muttrah, on Oman’s largest harbor, the new fish market is a tribute to both the past and the future of Oman. The city of Muttrah is known for its long history of commercial trade, its characteristic port, and long-standing fishery traditions. Located close to the city’s original fish market, built in 1960, the new market marks a continuity of the region’s trade and fishing traditions, while also fulfilling Oman’s need to accommodate for the country’s growing tourism industry.

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Merging tradition with innovation, the 4.000 square meter fish market is designed to sympathetically unite the old and the new. The generous space creates a public meeting space where local fishermen and worldly tourist from all over the world meet under the same roof.

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The architectural concept is inspired by the playful qualities of light and shadow through the shape of a double radial wall defining the spine of the new fish market.

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Seen from afar, one can observe how the curved wall relates to the radial shape of the corniche and the wider bay area, interacting with the street by exposing the stairs from the roof terraces in the openings along the corniche. Referencing both the former waterfront and the continuation of the corniche, the fish market defines the boundaries of public space, interconnecting the city, the mountains, and the waterfront.

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

On street level, the new market enhances the public setting by forming a dynamically shaded canopy, organizing the spaces beneath it. The canopy’s form is derived from the sinuous flow of Arabic calligraphy. It follows the logic of a playful movement of light and shadow built from aluminum fins which provide shade, natural ventilation, and an ephemeral appearance. The complexity of the canopy roof contrasts the simple solidity of the concrete structure below it.

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

When entering the fish market, visitors are immerged in a lively marketplace which offers more than 100 fish sellers and cutters, as well as a new market for vegetables and fruit. The new facility also offers refrigeration, packaging, and storage spaces alongside offices, coffee shops, and a rooftop restaurant.

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Mutrah Fish Market Muscat

Photography © Firas Al Raisi, Luminosity Productions

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.

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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.

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Mutrah Fishmarket – Building Information

Project: Mutrah Fish Market
Location: Mutrah, Muscat, Oman
Architects: Snøhetta
Typology: Fish market

Mutrah Fishmarket in Muscat, Oman images / information from Snøhetta

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