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Restoration of Misfat-al-Abriyeen

Restoration of Misfat-al-Abriyeen

Architectural wall systems (AWS) is a multi disciplinary consultancy firm based in Muscat, Oman headed by Ar. Abdullah Rawahi and Prof. D.S Ramakrishna Rao. Over the last decade, AWS has handled a variety of projects ranging from institutional campus to large scale interiors and retro fit work.

Prof. Rao is currently the Dean and Design Chair of Mysore School of Architecture, and the Director of Desirazu Associates(DA). DA is a 35 year old multidisciplinary consultancy firm based in Mysore with offices in Chennai & Pithrogarh ( Uttarakhand).

ARCHIAM ( Architectural and cultural Heritage of India, Arabia and The Maghreb) and The University of Liverpool School of Architecture in association with Architectural Wall Systems were awarded the project of rehabilitation of Misfat – al – Abriyeen, S.O Oman.

The focus of this project was to retain strong links with traditions, and establish a blend of open and built spaces which symbolise the ethos of Omani society.

The village council of Misfat al-Abriyin intended to implement a Heritage and Tourism Development Master Plan for the village (HTDP) .

The project consists of master plan with detailed design for three sites, which have economic as well as socio-cultural significance.

New Staircase

Lightweight concrete stringer beam staircase

Connecting ground floor with first floor through permeable and lightweight staircase across void resulting from floor collapse.

  • Does not overload existing stone walls
  • Allows light into ground floor

Deck

Spaced timber slats on timber beams

Connecting exhibition with terrace through lightweight passageway across void resulting from floor collapse.

  • Does not overload existing stone walls
  • Allows views of ground floor through gaps

New Walls and Ceiling

Pigmented, facing lightweight concrete

  • Blending with existing stone walls through pigmentation of similar color
  • Distinction from surrounding stone wall through textured finishing + different material

New Floor

Pigmented, facing lightweight concrete

  • Blending with existing stone walls through pigmentation of similar color
  • Distinction from surrounding stone wall through smooth finishing + different material

New Entrance Door Frame

Pigmented, facing lightweight concrete

  • Blending with existing stone wall through pigmentation of similar color
  • Distinction from surrounding stone wall through textured finishing + different material


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