Al-Khuwair Downtown Masterplan, Muscat

Oman

The Landscape vision for Muscat’s Al-Khuwair downtown waterfront and the new development is focused on finding a balance between the presence of both wadis and the proposed canal. The goal is creating a dynamic coherent green and blue infrastructure, starting with the Wadis framing the site.

The Landscape vision for Muscat’s Al-Khuwair downtown waterfront and the new development is focused on finding a balance between the presence of both wadis and the proposed canal. The goal is creating a dynamic coherent green and blue infrastructure, starting with the Wadis framing the site.

Muscat’s downtown has a long waterfront, and the new development has the opportunity to become a model solution and a case study for the entire coastal region.

Our Landscape vision is not just about development, but about finding a harmonious balance between the natural presence of wadis and the proposed canal. The site is brimming with opportunities to be seamlessly integrated into a dynamic, coherent green and blue infrastructure, with the Wadis serving as the natural frame.

The strategy further jumps to transforming the barrier of the highway into a green environmental corridor along with some urban connectivity anchors. The highway corridor branches into other green spines that find their way into the new public realm of the campus area. Furthermore, the water activation in the heart of the masterplan stands dominant with the recreational and mixed-used activities that bring life into the downtown area, and approaching the coastline, the sandy environmental corridor is evident with the beach replenishment strategies and the dunes in motion comprises the dynamic, resilient development.

The environmental corridors are the first elements introduced in the strategy acting as the primary green connection facilitating the migration of flora and fauna.

Regarding the water management, the purpose is to manage the flow of water and reducing any flooding event. The wadis are the main ecological corridors connecting the city to the waterfront and the strategy for the renaturation is proposing water retention ponds as the main landscape solution that can benefit as water retention areas during the heavy rains and act as a rocky landscape in normal situation.

The Green Strategy offers further green connections, proposed from the environmental and ecological corridors, bringing green into the different land-use areas providing natural shading to the masterplan, mitigating the heat and establishing coherent connections between the different areas.

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