Facade detail of the Capital Market Authority Tower, Riyadh. Joint venture between Omrania and HOK. | Photo: omrania.com
A facade shouldn’t just dictate how a building looks, but how it works — especially in the harsh climate of Saudi Arabia.
With every project, Omrania strives to design unique, high-performance building envelopes that are appropriate for their context. The envelope must be able to withstand the forces of the local environment and facilitate efficient maintenance. The following case studies illustrate how our work is shaped by what can be easily remembered as the “Four P’s” of successful envelope design:
Although the diagonally louvered facade of Omrania’s headquarters, also known as the Waha Office Building, gives the building a distinct appearance, it was designed with energy performance in mind. The configuration of the screen reduces heat gain by deflecting the intense solar radiation typical of our climate.
It was built using a locally produced polycarbonate that helped keep the project budget low thanks to its reasonable price, relatively simple fabrication, and low transportation costs. Between the louvered screen and the glass curtain wall, horizontal catwalks provide additional shading as well as easy access for maintenance.