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Bank Sohar unveils design of new headquarters in Oman

09 May 2012 (Last Updated May 9th, 2012 18:30)

Bank Sohar has unveiled the design of its new $43.2m headquarters building in the Airport Heights district of Muscat, Oman.

Bank Sohar has unveiled the design of its new $43.2m headquarters building in the Airport Heights district of Muscat, Oman.

In April 2012, the bank announced that it had selected Spanish architectural firm Estudio Lamela for the design and construction of the new headquarters.

The building occupies a 36,000m² site in Airport Heights, a district planned to be developed as Muscat’s prime government, commercial, leisure and entertainment hub.

Estudio Lamela CEO Carlos Lamela said a key highlight of Bank Sohar’s design is its environmentally friendly attributes.

"Energy efficiency and conservation, use of local materials, and recycling are an inherent part of the building’s design and construction," Lamela said. "Also factored into Lamela’s design are the site’s undulating contours, which obviate the need for expensive rock excavation work."

The design incorporates architectural, historical and cultural themes of the Omani city of Sohar, featuring hanging gardens, internal bridges and sea views.

Lamela’s design includes an elevated main entrance, which extends outwards at the same height as the surrounding street level.

The design scheme is inspired by Sohar Fort and other elements of modern-day Sohar.

Copper decorations will be incorporated into the building’s façade and interiors, as a reflection of the metal’s important role in the history of Sohar.

The first floor of the building will be occupied by the bank while the other floors will be leased as office space. The building will also have public service facilities, international restaurants and cafes.