Muttrah Fish Market, Muscat

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Muttrah Fish Market, Muscat

Snøhetta grace Oman's ancient port capital of Muscat with an architectural icon that fuses old and new...

Serving simultaneously as a focal point for the local community and a hub for Oman’s prosperous fishing industry, the Snøhetta-designed Muttrah Fish Market, located in the west of Muscat (the country’s port capital) is a new landmark on the Gulf of Oman coast.

Muttrah Fish Market Muscat, Oman, Designed by Snøhetta

Snøhetta’s emotive architecture for the new Muttrah Fish Market fuses old and new with guile and grace.

Enjoying a long history of commercial trade, the city’s new market is situated close to the original one built in 1960 — a whopping 4,000 square meters uniting the old with the new; referencing the former waterfront and fishing traditions in its undulating design. With a need to accommodate the country’s growing tourism industry, the new space is shared by more than 100 tradespeople, locals, and visitors; a lively coffeeshop and rooftop restaurant a meeting point for disparate cultures to gather.

Snøhetta tell us how Muttrah Fish Market’s 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”. Viewed from a distance, the curved walls relate to the shape of the wider bay area, whilst on street level a dynamically shaded canopy takes a form derived from the sinuous flow of Arabic calligraphy. Built from aluminium fins, it provides natural ventilation and an all-important ephemeral appearance.

A contrast of old and new, simplicity and complexity, Muttrah Fish Market, is a contemporary icon for an ancient city; an architectural delight that weaves with grace but never feels out of context.

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Muttrah Fish Market Muscat
Muttrah Fish Market Oman
Muttrah Fish Market Muscat, Oman, Designed by Snøhetta
Muttrah Fish Market Muscat
Muttrah Fish Market Oman
Muttrah Fish Market Muscat
Muttrah Fish Market Oman
Muttrah Fish Market Muscat, Oman, Designed by Snøhetta
Muttrah Fish Market Muscat
Muttrah Fish Market Oman
Muttrah Fish Market Muscat
Muttrah Fish Market Oman
Muttrah Fish Market Muscat, Oman, Designed by Snøhetta
Muttrah Fish Market Muscat
Muttrah Fish Market Oman

Photography © Firas Al Raisi, Luminosity Productions

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