Oman’s contemporary architecture evokes authentic traditional elements through a modern lens by featuring historical textures and geometric motifs through the archways, doors and windows.
Coloured by the tones that reflect the mountainous landscapes and deep seas, Oman’s architecture is directly influenced by the trade and maritime history that took place along the coastlines and shaped the country’s developments through the Renaissance period till today.
Characterized by the intricate carvings and meticulous details, Omani architecture is a marriage of historical influences and modern endeavours. A prime example of this blend of traditional and contempory design elements is the Royal Opera House, Muscat.
The urban spaces are landmarked by mosques, forts, domestic and cultural buildings that evolved with the generations that settled and developed over time. Blended influences from India and East Africa can be found through the carvings and woodwork in religious and domestic spaces. Mosques in Oman offer a surrounding that channels Islam’s architectural pasts, creating a serene atmosphere and illuminated presence for spiritual reflection.
The buildings are distinguished by rich design and sustainable features that echo the impact of Omani ancestors. Older buildings were structured with thick clay walls to protect from the high climate, yet allow for the light to radiate through. More modern buildings continue elements of this principle today.