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

  • 1984-JUSTICE PALACE

    Justice Palace

     

    Client: Riyadh Development Authority

    Location: Al-Riyadh - Saudi Arabia

    Services Provided: Design Competition, Design and Architectural Supervision

    Total Built-up Area: 44,000 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 60,000,000

    Starting Date: 1984 Design - 1988 Supervision

    Completion Date: 1985 Design - 1992 Supervision

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Awarded after winning first prize in an international architectural competition, the project won the Aga Khan Award in architecture (1995 cycle), and has become, since its completion, the subject of academic research and publications.

    The main concept of the project is to revitalize the center of Al-Riyadh city, based on its historic urban and architectural heritage, by developing the existing streets and introducing landscape plazas and pathways to connect the architectural elements together. The theme of the contemporary reinterpretation of local traditions is continued in the interior design through spatial organization, details, colors and materials.

     

  • 1994-AMMAN CITY HALL

    Amman City Hall

     

    Client: The Municipality of Amman

    Location: Amman - Jordan

    Services Provided: Design & Supervision

    Total Built-up Area: 8,650 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 7,000,000

    Starting Date:1994 Design - 1995 Supervision

    Completion Date: 1995 Design - 1996 Supervision

    J.V: Jafar Tukan and Partners

     

    Project Description

     

    Designed in a square form, the center circular court is transcended with a sundial; collaborating the roots of the past with the modern era. The architectural design is characterized with the elegance and tradition through the use of local stone and thick stone walls with neat graphics and forms that are eye catching.

    The city hall building houses the Mayor’s offices, municipal council chambers, meeting rooms, staff offices and an auditorium, while the ground level holds public spaces including a café, exhibition area and reception.

     

  • 1995-DIPLOMACY INSTITUTE HEADQUARTERS

    Diplomacy Institute Headquarters

     

    Client: Ministry of Culture

    Location: Amman - Jordan

    Services Provided: Design & Supervision

    Total Built-up Area: 300 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 600,000

    Starting Date: 1995 Design - 1995 Supervision

    Completion Date: 1995 Design - 1996 Supervision

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The aim of this institution is to provide students with the necessary training in international affairs, political science and diplomacy through its several departments and facilities. It provides contemporary interior spaces and exterior treatment inspired by regional architecture. The project consists of the followings: maintenance works for the existing building and additional building with an area of around 300m2 as well as interior design including all electromechanical works.

  • 1996-PRESIDENT HEADQUARTERS

    President Headquarter

     

    Client: Palestinian National Authority (P.N.A.)

    Location: Nablus - Palestine

    Services Provided: Design

    Total Built up Area: 5,200 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 3,500,000

    Starting Date: 1996

    Completion Date: 1997

     

    Project Description:

     

    The project is located on one of the beautiful hills of Nablus with a mild terrain overlooking the city. Intended as headquarter for P.N.A President, this project consists of a main building and three secondary buildings. The main building comprises three floors of offices and presidential meeting rooms along with the President's residence. Secondary buildings comprise three units of two and three floors housing offices and the President's staff residences. The project design responds to the sloping terrain and places the main building on the top wrapped with the other buildings, which cascade down the hill. Olive trees form the second layer wrapping around the buildings to integrate the project within its sensitive surroundings.

     

  • 1997-DIWAN OF H. H. RULER REPRESENTATIVE

    The Diwan of H. H. the Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region

     

    Client: Ministry of Urban Planning

    Location: Al Ain/Abu Dhabi-United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Built-up Area: 8,400 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 9,200,000

    Starting Date: 1997

    Completion Date:1997

     

    Project Description:

     

    The program of the project consists mainly of offices, reception halls and meeting rooms in addition to the new Diwan Hall. The main objective of this project is to undertake a comprehensive reorganization of the existing Diwan building and the facilities around it; in addition to the design of a new Diwan building. The theme of this project consists of renovation, rebuilding, rehabilitation through reorganization and re-landscaping of the whole site. The architectural composition and image are inspired by local a tradition which expresses simplicity, geometry, and environmental sensitivity with a creative use of rich materials and intricate Islamic patterns appropriate to this building type.

     

  • 1997-MINISTRY OF LABOR & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

    Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs

     

    Client: Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs

    Location: Al-Riyadh - Saudi Arabia

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Built up Area: 29,200 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 29,500,000

    Starting Date: 1997

    Completion Date: 1997

     

    Project Description:

     

    The project consists of a series of buildings set within extensive landscaping and parking areas, and takes possible future expansion into consideration. The three main blocks accommodate the three major departments of the ministry, which are: the Labor Department (8,000 m2), the Social Affairs Department (7,000 m2) and the Social Insurance Department (4,500 m2). This multi-storey complex includes the ministry offices along with parking areas, to accommodate about 1,400 employees, in addition to a restaurant, a multi-purpose hall and a mosque. The architectural character is based on local traditions of courtyards and is inspired by Najdi architectural heritage expressed in a contemporary language.

  • 1999-CUSTOMS TRAINING BUILDING

    Customs Training Building

     

    Client: Musanada

    Location: Al Ain - United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided: Design and Supervision

    Total Built up Area: 3,600 m2

    Starting Date: 1999

    Completion Date: 1999

     

    Project Description:

     

    The project locates in Al-Ain, The project consists of Ground Floor and First Floor.

    Multi purposes halls lectures, Library, Simulation equipment halls, IT room, Phone operators office, Large storage for furniture and kitchen.

    The first floor consists of manager office, legal counsel office, Administration affairs, Offices, Customs affairs offices and equipment, control room.

     

  • 1999-COURTS & PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS BUILDINGS

    Courts and Public Prosecutions Buildings of Al-Sharjah

     

    Client: Sharjah Government

    Location: Sharjah- United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Built up Area: 27,500 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 16,300,000

    Starting Date: 1999

    Completion Date: 1999

     

    Project Description

     

    The idea was inspired from the Sharjah Heritage of law practice in the region, where the social and religious dimensions are linked to the everyday life activities, and offers new insights and distinctiveness to such governmental buildings while maintaining authenticity and prestige. The design won second place in the international competition, where the design presented a new vision for the functional distribution between different parts of the court specially the court halls. This ​​unique 27,500m² building provides a new vision of contemporary design for courthouses, bringing responsiveness to the social and cultural aspects of such building, making it a civilized phenomenon amid the surrounding buildings in the heart of Sharjah.

     

  • 2002-JORDAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ADMISSION

     Jordan University of Science & Technology Admission & Registration

     

    Client: Jordan University of Science & Technology

    Location: Irbid - Jordan

    Services Provided: Design

    Total Built-up Area: 2,440 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 2,650,000

    Starting Date: 2002

    Completion Date: 2002

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    This facility forms one quadrant of the Central Forum of the Social Spine. It consists of a two storey high main central admission hall (1000m2) serving students throughout the academic year, together with registration department on the ground floor and administration offices on the first floor. Similar to the other buildings forming the four quadrants of the Forum, the architectural composition creates pockets of landscaped urban spaces for students gathering and interaction. The architectural character is a blend of elegant modern curtain wall facades and exposed tubular air conditioning ducts in the central hall, combined with natural local stone and regional architectural features.

  • 2002-JORDAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - HALL

    Jordan University of Science and Technology Multi-Purpose Hall

     

    Client: Jordan University of Science and Technology

    Location: Irbid - Jordan

    Services Provided: Design

    Total Built-up Area: 7,320 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 2,780,000

    Starting Date: 2002

    Completion Date: 2003

     

    Project Description:

     

    This project is intended as a new addition to the growing campus of Jordan University of Science and Technology. It includes two parts: The first part consists of a combined activities stadium, including, Olympic sized covered handball, volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts with supporting facilities, such as, administration, referees, first aid, and wet areas, while the second part consists of a covered semi-Olympic swimming pool, fitness center, squash, table tennis, dormitories, and a cafeteria. The architectural image reflects the advanced nature of Jordan University of Science and Technology, through a contemporary character using a combination of stone cladding, steel structure, reinforced concrete, and glass.

     

  • 2003-HUDAIDA UNIVERSITY GRAND HALL

    Hudaida university grand hall

     

    Location: Al Hudaida –Yemen

    Client: hudaida university

    Built up area: 8816 m2

    Starting Date: 2003

     

  • 2003-QATAR STATE EMBASSY

    Qatar State Embassy

     

    Client: Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Qatar

    Location: Amman - Jordan

    Services Provided: Design & Supervision

    Total Built-up Area: 6,100 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 5,000,000

    Starting Date: 2003 Design - 2005 Supervision

    Completion Date: 2004 Design - 2007 Supervision

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The design of the Qatar Embassy in Jordan reflects a contemporary interaction between traditional Qatari architecture style and the local architecture character of Jordan, whereas the exterior design of the Embassy reflected this not only through the formation of the facades, but also through the use of materials such as stone, glass, steel and wooden mashrabiyyas.

    Consisting of four levels; basement, ground, first and second levels, the Embassy’s interlocking buildings and planning guarantee security and privacy requirements are met, while employing high-tech electromechanical systems with advanced structural solutions all within an overall contemporary framework.

     

  • 2004-SANAA CONFERENCE PALACE

    Sanaa Conference Palace

     

    Client: Yemeni Government

    Location: Sanaa - Republic of Yemen

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Built-up Area: 17,570 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 20,000,000

    Starting Date: 2004

    Completion Date: 2004

     

    Project Description:

     

    A complex situated on a hill and surrounded by governmental facilities including the Republican Palace, this building consists of a main 1500 seating conference hall, secondary halls, administrative and security services, in addition to media facilities. The architectural formal concept rephrases the Yemeni heritage into a modern interpretation; a stepped agricultural platforms embracing the activities with traditional water well in the center of the mass, while employing Yemeni historical facades using modern materials to reflect a contemporary architectural image.

     

  • 2004-THE SUPREME COURT PROJECT

    The Supreme Court Project

     

    Client: Consulting Engineering Office for Public Utilities

    Location: Tripoli - Libya

    Services Provided: Concept Design

    Total Built-Up Area: 6,600 m2

    Construction Cost: 6,000,000

    Starting Date: 2004

    Completion Date: 2004

     

    Project Description:  

     

    The Court Complex in Tripoli – Libya was to be the official Courthouse building in the country. With a transcendent and monumental approach; the court main facades were designed to have a symmetrical front elevation with natural stone arcades of huge courses. The project was raised significantly from the surroundings level with large scale stairs, assuring the huge main entrance has the dreaded aura this place has; while the large dome added the luxury image and the imperial effect to the space. The decorative screens inspired from the Libyan traditional architecture -with a contemporary approach- was one of the elements that connected the heritage with the present in this majestic building.

     

  • 2004-MINISTRY OF FINANCE COMPLEX

    Ministry of Finance Complex

     

    Client: Ministry of Finance

    Location: Amman - Jordan

    Services Provided: Concept Design

    Total Built-up Area: 72,000 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 39,000,000

    Starting Date: 2004

    Completion Date: 2004

     

    Project Description

     

    The proposed design of the Ministry building, reflected the vision of contemporary architectural design of the Jordanian Architectural Heritage through dealings with the overall conformation of the site and the materials used, where the complex consists of: the Ministry main building, General Budget Department, Customs department, General Supplies Department, and the Department of Public Sales Tax public, in which are connected together in an integrated form within the site.

     

  • 2004-MINISTRY OF HAJJ

    Ministry of Hajj

     

    Client: Ministry of Hajj

    Location: Mecca - Saudi Arabia

    Services Provided: A/E Design and Supervision

    Total Built-up Area: 102,000 m²

    Construction Cost: US $ 125,000,000

    Starting Date: 2004 Design - 2009 Supervision

    Completion Date: 2006 Design - Ongoing Supervision

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The design of the Ministry of Hajj presents a distinctive architectural vision for visitors to Mecca, where it represents the authenticity of the architecture through inspirations from elements of the local architecture and its traditional neighborhoods in terms of high-rise buildings with an internal courtyard in the center of the building, in addition to that emulates the contemporary models, such as those found in Mina and the Haj airport.

    This project is the first governmental institution outside the capital, Riyadh, where the ministry consists of eight floors, two of which are underground, and which consists of sections of the ministry, a large ballroom and a training center. And the visitors are communicated through an open courtyard dedicated for them.

     

  • 2007-ABU DHABI COURT HOUSE COMPLEX

    Abu Dhabi Court House Complex

     

    Client: Abu Dhabi Judiciary Department

    Location: Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided: Design & Supervision

    Total Built-up Area: 110,000 m²

    Construction Cost: US $ 350,000,000

    Starting Date: 2007 Design - 2009 Supervision

    Completion Date: 2008 Design - 2014 Supervision

     

    Project Description:

     

    Through recognizing the differences between civil and sharea’ rulings and transforming the relationship between secularism and religion to a relationship based on physical perception the Abu Dhabi court project was implemented.

    The design comprises of three axis, the first is religion, which is reflected through the Quranic verses engraved on the façade, and which continues on the internal walls of the court, noting that the court is directed towards the Qibleh. The second is the functional axis, which covers the functional and operational requirements through the implementation of the space layouts. The third is associated with the social aspect, pursuing linking the other axis together, where all the courts are oriented towards the city and the surrounding network.