The Fish Market is located at the heart of Mutrah, and is essential for both the continuation of historical trading traditions and the needs of Oman's growing tourism industry.
The radial shape of Mutrah's characteristic bay shows a clear relationship between the city, the mountains and the waterfront. The bay is emphasized in the form of the new fish market, which references both the former waterfront and the continuation of the corniche. This is further articulated in the curved wall that defines the northern spine of the new fish market in Mutrah.
The new market enhances the public setting by forming a dynamic shaded canopy, organizing the spaces beneath, both visually and environmentally. The canopy’s form is derived from the sinuous flow of Arabic calligraphy - playful movement of light and shadow built from aluminum fins, and providing shade, natural ventilation, and an ephemeral appearance.
The new fish market provides the city with a strong focal point, layering local activities, the fishing industry and tourism in Mutrah, sympathetically uniting the old and new. The design introduces a new landmark on the waterfront along the lively corniche in Mutrah.
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