Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The Mandarin Oriental-branded Muscat Hotel houses 149 keys, 156 serviced apartments divided into 41 one-bedroom, 84 two-bedroom, 29 three-bedroom, and two four-bedroom units, and features a retail component. The property will be constructed in Muscat city centre in the prestigious Shatti Al Qurum area, benefiting from being just 20 minutes away from Muscat International Airport. The hotel is scheduled for completion by 2021.
SSH was appointed by client Eagle Hills as Lead Consultant on the project, responsible for delivering architectural structural and MEP technical design and construction supervision, while an international architect undertook the front-end design of the project.
An additional mandate is to ensure the project design follows traditional Omani principles and that the overall development achieves added value to the community through the hotel, serviced apartments, and its retail, and food and beverage outlets. The project will utilise a smart selection of materials to optimise construction costs and resources, while uncompromising Eagle Hills’ vision to create a desirable destination that appeals to visitors and guests – both locally and from abroad.
SSH wants to ensure this coherent development amalgamates exquisite architecture with practical, cost-effective functionality, and that it is an integrated development, balancing the requirements of buildability, maintainability and facilities operation. In both spatial planning and aesthetics, the hotel and its components complement and respect the regional heritage.
Furthermore, the intention is to maximise the use of durable and readily available materials that are appropriate to the regional climate, as well as to ensure a low-impact environment utilising tried and tested methods for creating micro-climates, shading and landscaping that are sustainable – both in terms of its utilities and materials.