CIVIC

Government administrations' needs keep growing to facilitate providing its services for its communities’ needs. DAR AL OMRAN’s involvement and experience in designing and delivering appropriate civic buildings take into consideration adequate environments for government administrators and visitors, and provide support to workflow, while considering the pressure of the growth of people’s needs and services that public buildings should provide.

Through its unique experience of more than 35 years in inspiring and designing several buildings including embassies, courthouses, ministry buildings, prisons, ruling places and municipalities, the Firm has been recognized for its outstanding justice palace architecture landmark in Riyadh, KSA.

PROJECTS

  • 2008-SMALL AND MEDIUM COURT HOUSE

    Small & Medium Courthouse

     

    Client: Morganti

    Location: Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirate

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Built-up Area: 28,700 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 50,000,000

    Starting Date: 2008

    Completion Date: 2008

     

    Project Description:

     

    The proposed design for the project, which includes the design of two prototypes of courts; small and medium courts to be distributed in different areas across the emirate of Abu Dhabi, where the focus was on finding a common architectural approach that creates a balanced dialogue between the community and the authority through the judiciary system.

    The building is divided into two parts, the tower representing power and strength, where it includes the courtroom associated with the Judges offices and staff facilities, while the other part is the podium that stores different spaces and functions associated with the visitors activities, linked by a passageway that originates from the main entrance and ends with the Mosques minaret; recalling the pattern of traditional Arab city streets.

     

  • 2008-JORDAN ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION'S CITY

    Jordan Engineers Association' City

     

    Client: Associations' Council

    Location: Amman - Jordan

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Site Area: 155,000m2

    Total Built-up Area: 50,000 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 140,000,000

    Starting Date: 2008

    Completion Date: 2008

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The proposed design for the Jordanian Engineers’ Association complex competition offers an innovative vision for the project through the structure of the intellectual and philosophical inspiration from the building site and the effective role and symbolic meaning of this complex. The design also came as an expression of the institution traditions and essences in a contemporary manner that keeps up with the demands and needs of the future. The base of the building was connected strongly to the social aspect of the city, where it is seen clearly as if the glass towers reach up to the sky when approaching the site in from Jordan Street, where these towers reveal the astonishing surrounding hills and fascinating view

     

  • 2008-ABU DHABI DETAINEES BUILDING

    Abu Dhabi Detainees Building

     

    Client: Abu Dhabi Judiciary Department

    Location: Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided: Design and Supervision

    Total Built up Area: 15,000m²

    Construction Cost: US $ 50,000,000

    Starting Date: 2008 Design - 2009 Supervision

    Completion Date: 2008 Design - 2011 Supervision

     

    Project Description:

     

    The idea of this ​​building originated from the need to allocate a place of temporary detention before being brought to trial in the adjacent main courthouse. For this reason the architectural design of this building served as an integral part of the main courthouse building, where these buildings connect with each other through an underground tunnel used to transport prisoners to and from court.

    The architectural language of this building conformed to the adjacent courthouse, where the presence of a stone podium represents law force, and which includes functions related with visitors, with four glass towers emerging with light breakers made ​​of pottery reflecting the concept of transparency associated with the judiciary system.

    The building consists of the Administration, area allocated for visitation, private detainee medical clinic, in addition to the prison facilities and security surveillance with modern technologies.

     

  • 2008-KUWAIT COURT HOUSE

    Kuwait Court House

     

    Client: Kuwait Ministry of Justice

    Location: Kuwait

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Built-up Area: 80,000 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 170,000,000

    Starting Date: 2008

    Completion Date: 2008

    J.V. / Associate: Gulf Consultant

     

    Project Description:

     

    The proposed design for this global competition of the Kuwait court house, aims to create a new standard form for the court building, in a manner inspired by the architectural heritage of the Arab and Islamic world in Kuwait and the origins of traditional justice on the one hand, and meets the requirements of modern life with its intricate social and economic development on the other. The design was proposed through a dynamic vision which achieves functional requirements, and which also meets sustainable requirements with a contemporary approach using basic principles and modern technology, this innovative model ranked second in a list of nineteen global consulting firms, where the assessment indicated high appreciation amongst the jury; where this form of design in creating a sustainable environment represents the power of justice and generates a state of dynamic equilibrium.

     

  • 2007-EMERGENCY FORCES CAMPS

    Emergency Forces Camps Category (A & B)

     

    Client: Center For Development Projects Ministry of Interior

    Location: Different Provinces & Cities - Saudi Arabia

    Services Provided: Architectural, Engineering & Landscape Design

    Total Built-Up Area: 190,320 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 260,576,000

    Starting Date: 2007

    Completion Date : 2009

     

    Project Description:

     

    The project site area is (750x750)m for one camp and the other is  (1000x1000)m, containing more than Seventeen prototype buildings of different functions, such as: Soldiers Dormitories, Restaurants, Learning Building, Theater, Sport Club, Watching, Towers, Ancillary Buildings, shaded and unshaded car parking,  in addition to large training courtyards.

    High International Engineering Standards were used in designing security Systems, Fire fighting Systems and Fire Zoning. Three different Foundation Designs were provided for all buildings assuming three soil bearing capacities of (1.5,2.0,2.5) KPa.  Fitting more than 85% of the Kingdom Sites, besides all buildings were designed to resist Seismic loads.

     

  • 2011-ADA BUILDING OFFICE EXTENSION

    ADA Building Office Extension

     

    Client: Arriyadh Development  Authority

    Location: Riyadh - Saudi Arabia

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Site Area: 5,622 m²

    Total Built-Up Area: 16,100 m²

    Construction Cost: US $ 21,333,000

    Starting Date: 2011

    Completion Date: 2012

     

    Project Description:

     

    The new headquarters of ADA will be located in Diplomatic Quarter – Arriyadh. The proposed site is adjacent to the existing ADA building and in the vicinity of the institutional building of UN and the business oasis office building located to the North of the site.

    The project is an Office Building that combines the existing building and the proposed extension and reflect the image and the aims of ADA to the implementation between the modernity and the heritage. To reflect the identity and the image of a high profile institutional and administrational function with retaining simplicity. To address the over all urban design from of the surrounding area of the precinct and connected physical  & functionally with existing ADA building at all floors. To have a physical link through an open space at the ground floor with the adjacent AlKindi Plaza and viewing from adjacent external urban context to have a visual connection between the plaza and surrounding.  To keep visual continuity and maintain the pedestrian access between Umayah AbuSultan Street and Kindi Plaza the Urban spine was designed to achieve this idea.

    The Extension Building was oriented to respect Qibla direction emphasis it by creating a multi hierarchy of spaces and courtyards, a new concept for office building was achieved. These act as social gathering areas for the public as well as for the private (office users) in addition they allow natural light to penetrate deep inside the building. The Landscape took in consideration, the Kindi Plaza renovation & small gardens were located in key places within the building extension to create a healthy environment and provide nice views.

     

  • 2010-DIRIYA GOVERNERATE

    Diriyah Governorate

     

    Client: Arriyadh Development Authority

    Location: Diriyah - Saudi Arabia

    Services Provided: A/E Design and Supervision

    Total Built-up Area: 6,330 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 10,000,000

    Starting Date: 2010 Design - 2012 Supervision

    Completion Date: 2011 Design - Ongoing Supervision

     

    Project Description:

     

    This outstanding symbolic landmark won a design competition in 2010. The architectural Intellectual dialogue is what distinguished this project, and the originality of the urban formation, which covers the cultural and functional aspects, carrying the present standards and the rich heritage history of the place in order to create a contemporary concept linking traditional and cultural values ​​of Al-Diriyah.

    The design integrates two rectangular buildings; one is facing the Hay Turaif and is orientated towards the Qiblah, while the other overlooks the main street. The triangular openings on the facades allow the natural sunlight to penetrate the building giving the interiors a more spacious and brighter feel, and offering a contemporary sense that respects the traditional of the place.

     

  • 2010-NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL

    National Consultative Council

     

    Client: Musanada

    Location: Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided  : Design Competition

    Total built-up area: 46,150 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 95,000,000

    Starting Date: 2010

    Completion Date: 2010

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The proposed design for the National Consultative Council forms a contemporary architectural heritage reading of the United Arab Emirates heritage, through the creation of new architectural formation that impersonates the old Huson Palace, which is considered to be an architectural symbol representing the continuing evolution of the city, while maintaining its identity at the same time.  The National Consultative Council was designed to represent the values ​​of the local community in the city of Abu Dhabi and symbolizes the culture and identity through the design showing the development and progress in the urbanism of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

     

  • 2010-CONFERENCE CENTER & THE GRAND MOSQUE at SAKIR PALACE

    Conference Center & the Grand Mosque at Sakhir Palace

     

    Client: Ministry of Works

    Location: Bahrain

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total site Area: 67,000 m2

    Total Built-up Area: 22,500 m²

    Construction Cost: US $ 73,000,000

    Starting Date: 2010

    Completion Date: 2010

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The proposed design for the architectural competition was inspired by the architectural heritage of Bahrain, where the design reflects the urban fabric integration and overlapping in life’s physical aspects life and the values ​​of knowledge of Islam, through the use of more than one configuration system both in terms of direction, and of general character.

    In light of this, the convention center was designed and which represents the part related to the physical life; in parallel to the main street, whilst the mosque which represents the Islamic and religious aspect is directed towards Al-Qibleh reflecting the knowledge values ​​of Islam.

     

  • 2011-HEADQUARTER OF FAMILY DEVEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

    The Headquarter Of Family Development Foundation

     

    Client: Musanda

    Location: Abu-Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Built up Area: 33,000 m²

    Construction Cost: US $37,000,000

    Starting Date: 2011

    Completion Date: 2011

     

    Project Description:

     

    The Family Development Foundation was established in 2006 pursuant to Law No. (11/2006) issued by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The foundation is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak. The law stipulates that the Foundation shall replace the Abu Dhabi Women’s Association and its branches, offices, agencies and clubs, and shall take over all the assets, property and real estate on those bodies and their rights and obligations. The Family Development Foundation is a public non-profit organization.

    The Abu Dhabi Government now intends to construct a new Headquarters for Family Development Foundation in alignment with Abu Dhabi Government Vision 2030.

     

  • 2011-ABU DHABI ACCOUNTABILITY AUTHORITY

    Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA)

     

    Client: ADAA

    Location: Abu-Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Built up Area: 11,000 m²

    Construction Cost: US $26,000,000

    Starting Date: 2011

    Completion Date: 2011

     

    Project Description:

     

    The concept emerged from the significance of this building and the particular understanding of the vital and delicate functions contained within the building, the aim was to reach a design that reflects transparency and balance in which derived the concept of balance and harmony for the ADAA building. This was revealed through the use of unique materials in addition to understanding the different geometries and functions that reside within the project, maintaining the architectural concept which is visualized in the entrances, podium, offices and the project details.

     

  • 2012-QATAR COURTS PALACE

    Qatar Courts Palace

     

    Client: Barwa Real Estate Company

    Location: Doha - Qatar

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Built up Area: Ground floor: 154,223 m2 - 1st floor 49,699 m2 - 2nd floor 30,288 m2 -  Covered surface parking: 70,000 m2  -  Underground parking and services: 103,000 m2

    Total Built up Area: 347,000 m2

    Construction Cost : US $ 415,000,000

    Starting Date : 2012

    Completion Date : 2012

     

    Project Description:

     

    The project aims to develop courthouse complex for Al-Doha –Qatar on a 270,000 m2 site combining all levels of judicial system. The intention of the project is to create a complex that represents the power of justice through a dynamic equilibrium between Qatari desert life (Qatari heritage) and modern technology.

    The site is sculptured around the three nodes representing levels of judicial system to form the dunes (reflecting Qatari desert life) through which oasis of justice (Wahat Aladel) is engraved. The oasis is covered with a steel mega-structure resembling the desert tents. The programmatic components are organized within the site on three floors and a basement.

     

  • 2012-AL EMARA COMPLEX

    AL Emara Complex

     

    Client: Saudi Government

    Location: Mecca – Saudi Arabia

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Built up Area: 65,000 m²

    Construction Cost: US $70,000,000

    Starting Date: 2012

    Completion Date: 2012

     

    Project Description:

     

    The concept of Al-Emara complex in Makkah Al-Mukharama was influenced by the morphology of the architectural style of A-Hijaz, which combines the architectural modality of the traditional buildings and the urban fabric of Makkah, thus; creating a base point for the broader development plan, through the use of technology, professional guidance and the new strategy of fabricating governmental buildings.

    The project lies on the western border of Makkah, and consist of offices and occupations needed to offer services to the local community, comprising of HRH prince’s office, senior and local staff, where the public are served not through the job but within spaces open to commute with the people.

     

  • 2013-HOLY MAKKAH MUNICIPALITY

    Holy Makkah Municipality

     

    Client: Holy Makkah Municipality

    Location: Makkah, KSA

    Services Provided: Concept Design

    Total Built up Area: 128,527 m²

    Starting Date: 2013

    Completion Date: on going

     

    Project Description:

     

    This design aims to replace the Holy Makkah Municipality in its futuristic vision, and meet the needs of the developing holy city.

    Three main buildings form the project, the main building which includes the VIP offices and main theater is centralized, on one side is the parking building and on the other side offices and public waiting areas.

    The mosque which is located in the central plaza is performing as an additional arcade which gives it maximum integration with the main plaza and reflects the importance of Islam in their daily life.

    The façade treatment is derived from the old Hejazi architecture and the use of the screens "mashrabia" as well as the site which reflects the urban fabric and topography of the holy city.

     

  • 2016-UAE EMBASSY IN AMMAN

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES EMBASSY - AMMAN

     

    Location: Amman – Jordan

    Client: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation- UAE

    Plot Size: 4,870 m2

    Built-Up Area: 4,000 m2

    Construction Cost: 1,900,000 JOD

    Starting Date: 2016

    Completion Date: 2016

    Services Provided: Architectural Design

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Diplomatic facilities’ represent how the Embassy’s country is perceived in the country hosting, and act as the foreigner’s first point of contact with embassy’s country. Design at every level is an important tool in developing a positive image for the facilities and for delivering a successful embassy project, with a functional, attractive, and welcoming perimeter.

    Embracing both Emirati and Jordanian architectural styles, the United Arab Emirates Embassy is an outstanding representation of how traditional geometric forms adopted from Emirati architecture are translated in a Jordanian context using local materials. The unique building not only clearly establishes itself as a landmark, but also is in harmony with the cultural fabric of the city of Amman.

     

  • 2017-AMMAN EXPO

    AMMAN EXPO

     

    Location: Amman

    Client Amman Chamber of Commerce

    Plot Size: 21,000 m2

    Built-Up Area: 65,000 m2

    Construction Cost: 20,000,000 JOD

    Starting Date: February 2017

    Completion Date: on going

    Service Provided: Architectural & Engineering & Interior Design

     

    Project Description:

     

    The project is located on plot with an approximate area of 21,000 m2 in Abu Al-Amad, Amman, Jordan. The project consists of the following components: Main Building (18,000 m2): which consist of Exhibitions, Multi-Purpose halls and Theater (600-person capacity), 4 star Hotel (200 key – 12,000 m2), Underground Car Parking (800 car - 35,000 m2).

  • 2017-OMAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry

     

    Location: Bawshar - Oman

    Client: Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Plot Size: 5,000 m2

    Built-Up Area:17,835 m2

    Starting Date: February 2017

    Completion Date: March, 2017

    Services Provided: Design Competition

     

    Project Description:

     

    Modernist character - imitating nature along with tradition Preservation

     

    Omanis have been interested in building since ancient times and have been creative in the construction of buildings, markets and palaces. Local architecture, which symbolizes the heritage of Oman and its civilization, has been rooted in the roots of history. The towers are built on mountains and highlands overlooking the city to guard against enemies. The origin and expansion of the city is often linked to the presence of water, which is the main source of life, which provides the population with water and other needs before it is distributed according to the chronological distribution of agricultural holdings. The Omani city is characterized by its architectural splendor of compact houses built regularly on the foothills of the mountains and on the banks of the valleys and features balconies, windows and decorative carved doors.

     

    Based on the above, the design approach of the project adopted the architectural language that blends modernity with the authenticity of the Omani architecture, keeping identity and introducing the elements of nature, which represent the natural and aesthetic excellence of the Omani environment in line with the Omani cities and urban communities. The movement of pedestrians and the surrounding users is programmed and channeled by special treatments to serve the aesthetic and functional aspects of the project. Then served by a cluster of green graded (inner courtyard) overlooking the different spaces interspersed channel and water fountain in the ground floor, that has been emptied to allow wider and more user-friendly traffic, further enhancing the ground's connection to the building and creating an area for surface parking to serve the commercial mall and administrative offices on the upper floors. Starting from the ground floor hallway, the traditional arch element is used and recreated in a contemporary spirit to reflect the flexibility of function, age, and provide a new interpretation of the commercial center. This is a modern basis for the building of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce with its different functions, which are distributed on the upper floors of the building. Then used the vertical modular openings in the architectural facade to give the building an official character that is appropriate to the nature and privacy and then arranged at random to form a new reading of heritage merged green spaces to mimic the mountains of Oman and nature.

     

    The design proposal seeks to create a distinctive architectural identity for the building of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and to emphasize its importance as an official building in a modern Omani spirit.

     

     

  • 2014-Madinah Munawara Regional Municipality

    Madinah Munawara Regional Municipality

     

    Location: Al Madinah – KSA

    Client: Madinah Munawara Regional Municipality

    Plot Size: 37,510 m2

    Built-Up Area: 19,975 m2

    Starting Date: 2014

    Services Provided: Interior Design

     

    Project Description:

     

    The municipality of Al-Madinah Al-Munawara is one of the governmental backbones of the city, and which plays an important role in upgrading the infrastructure services in Al-Madinah in addition to preserving its heritage. The architecture of the building is characterized by the traditional Islamic style, however; the interior was to reflect the vision and values of the municipality in the evolving world. This was through studying the functions and spaces that exist in the municipality and translating them into the modern way of working, in addition to creating a live museum where visitors and customers can view antiques from the heritage of Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah.

    The Islamic arches used throughout the spaces that were interpreted in a contemporary manner inspired the interior design. The base of the design started with the interior layout, which aimed the improvement of work productivity, and a well-defined hierarchy in workspaces. This allowed the use of finishing materials that complement the space giving it its own identity that lines up with the “keeping services up-to-date”. Use of materials such as wood, printed glass and polymer cement, all combined together giving the image of contemporary offices in a developing world.

     

  • Conference Center & the Grand Mosque at Sakhir Palace

     

    Client: Ministry of Works

    Location: Bahrain

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total site Area: 67,000 m2

    Total Built-up Area: 22,500 m²

    Construction Cost: US $ 73,000,000

    Starting Date: 2010

    Completion Date: 2010

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The proposed design for the architectural competition was inspired by the architectural heritage of Bahrain, where the design reflects the urban fabric integration and overlapping in life’s physical aspects life and the values ​​of knowledge of Islam, through the use of more than one configuration system both in terms of direction, and of general character.

    In light of this, the convention center was designed and which represents the part related to the physical life; in parallel to the main street, whilst the mosque which represents the Islamic and religious aspect is directed towards Al-Qibleh reflecting the knowledge values ​​of Islam.