Foster + Partners unveils Oman masterplan

Architecture firm Foster + Partners has produced a masterplan for a new city in Oman.

The masterplan comprises a series of clustered communities with private courtyards
The masterplan comprises a series of clustered communities with private courtyards

Architecture firm Foster + Partners has produced a masterplan for a new city in Oman.

Located on a stretch of coast to the west of the Omani capital, Muscat, the self-contained city is expected to provide homes for up to 200,000 residents.

The new city will be called Al Madina Al Zarqa, which means 'Blue City'.

The plan is for the city to contain schools, a university, golf facilities, a concert hall, marina, hotels, health facilities, retail amenities, stadia, and souks.

The masterplan for the city has a richly layered grain, comprising a series of clustered communities with private courtyards and narrow, winding streets.

Respecting Omani traditions of privacy and internalised architecture as seen on the Omani heritage settlements of Bahla and Manah, the communities have a layered concentric structure.

Locally sourced stone and timber will be used for the realisation of apartment buildings, the firm said.

Work on the project will include the improvement of the beach to comply with resort standards, and an extension of the creek, with hotels, restaurants and a pedestrian route concentrated along the waterfront. Additional walkability will be supplied by a network of shaded pedestrian routes.

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