CW Awards Oman: German uni wins commercial project
German University of Technology named Commercial Project of the Year
The German University of Technology was named Commercial Project of the Year at the Construction Week Awards: Oman.
Entered by Hoehler+Partner, the judges described the project as something clearly outside of the normal Oman approach to architecture, with it showing innovation and incorporating sustainable design measures.
The project stood out for its design quality, timely implementation and good cost control. One judge described it as a stunning example of what could be called modern Omani architecture.
"Although full of straight lines, these are balanced with warm and inviting patterns that draw you into interior spaces that are a surprise," said one judge.
Managing partner and senior architect Muhammad Sultan Al Salmy collected the award from silver sponsor Al Hassan's Peter Hall.
Al Salmy, who led the design team for the German University, was overwhelmed to be chosen. He said: “This is the first private university in Oman, it had to be technical and it we wanted it to be Omani. It used elements of Omani architecture combined with modernity.
"This award is accepted on behalf of the team. I would thank and commend everyone who was part of it. I should also like to thank my father and Ernst Hoehler.
Hoehler+Partner's Richard Lisker was also named Project Manager of the Year.
The awards were announced at a gala ceremony held in Muscat, which saw 12 accolades presented to a selection of industry-leading companies, projects and individuals.
Selected finalists from the Construction Week Awards: Oman, which was sponsored by Famco, will get a further chance to claim success at the GCC edition of the Construction Week Awards, to be held in Dubai, on 11 December.
Entries to the awards were submitted online and winners were selected by a panel of nine judges.
This is the second year Construction Week has run an awards programme in Oman.
A full review of all the winners will appear in the March 30 issue of Construction Week.
For a full list of winners from CW Awards Oman 2013 click here