Muscat Cultural centre

2008 / 2018

Cultural complex centre

Education & Research / Culture / Public facilities

Cultural Centre: National Archives, National Library, and Oman National Theatre.

Located near Muscat main entrance, the Cultural Centre emerges from a unique landscape, between the sea and the mountains, as an oasis where palm trees and mineral colonnades offer cool and shaded public spaces.

This new cultural district brings together three major buildings around a wide, central square: the Oman National Theatre, including a 1,000-seat auditorium and a 250-seat flexible auditorium; the 20,000 sqm five-story National Library; and the National Archives partially open to the public, including nearly twenty kilometers of archival shelf-displays. The complex also features an exhibition centre, a cultural centre and a cinema.

With reference to Omani architecture, a musharabieh canopy covers all the buildings. While filtering sunbeams, this canopy creates plays of light and shadow that echo the reflections and sparkles of the water features. The Muscat Cultural Centre pays tribute to local architectural traditions. The building embodies an ambitious project, where past and present harmoniously complement one another.


Client: Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Sultanate of Oman
Architect and lead consultant: Architecture-Studio
Local consultant: Gulf Engineering Consultancy
Engineer: Setec Bâtiment
Landscape designer: MDP
Environmental engineer: Eco-Cités
Acoustic engineer: AVA
Mission: Full design
Surface Area: 70,000 sqm
International competition: 2008, Winner
Completion: 2018

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Cultural complex centre

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