The Norwegian architectural and landscape studio Snøhetta recently completed the Muttrah Fish Market, west of Muscat, on the coast of Gulf of Oman. The market is the new landmark on the waterfront, it has been created to serve as a focal point for the community of Muttrah, while simultaneously functioning as a hub for Oman’s thriving fishing industry. The project is a tribute to both the past and the future of Oman, and it’s located close to the city’s original fish market, built in 1960.

“On street level, the new market enhances the public setting by forming a dynamically shaded canopy, organizing the spaces beneath it. The canopy’ is inspired by the sinuous Arabic calligraphy and it is built from aluminium fins which provide shade, natural ventilation, and an ephemeral appearance. The complexity of the roof contrasts the simple solidity of the concrete structure below it. When entering the fish market, visitors are immersed in a lively marketplace which offers more than 100 fish sellers and cutters, as well as a new market for vegetables and fruit. The new facility also offers refrigeration, packaging, and storage spaces alongside offices, coffee shops, and a rooftop restaurant.”


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