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Project Description

Muscat, Oman

Al Mouj, MAF


Building Type
Public Realm



This residential courtyard space takes it’s cue from the site name ‘The Gardens’. The site is structured into a series of gardens that are located around a central raised pool deck, with stepped terracing creating the level change between gardens and pool. A series of different routes connect the spaces, allowing the visitor to take a journey through the spaces. A clear primary route connects all of the garden spaces, whilst smaller minor routes lead into the heart of each garden space.

Each of the four distinct garden has its own identity, based on the striking colours found in Omani fabrics and crafts - black, white, red and gold. Each of the gardens are defined by one of these and varies according to the attributed colour. The Red and Gold gardens being warm colours are ‘Active’ spaces, whilst the Black and White, being cool colours are ‘Tranquil’ spaces.

Seating is located throughout so that visitors can choose where to sit dependent on the occasion. A childrens pool is located on a lower terrace to separate it from the main adult pool, and is located close to the play area. The emphasis is on varied planting and a mix of playful and striking details to create a rich outdoor space for various apartments that will use the space.