Snøhetta Reveals Fish Market Design in Oman

A canopy of metal fins explores the interplay of light and shadow. All images courtesy Firas Al Raisi, Luminosity Productions.

Snøhetta has completed work on an intricate new fish market along the coast of the Gulf of Oman in the city of Muttrah. Centrally positioned near the city’s original fish market from 1960, the new facility is crafted to attract traders and tourists alike with its contemporary composition.

Image courtesy Firas Al Raisi, Luminosity Productions.

The design is conceived in homage to the past and future of the nation, celebrating the long history of commercial trade in Muttrah in particular. Spread across more than 43,000 square feet, the indoor-outdoor venue evokes a curved form inspired by the radial nature of the coast’s roadways, further perpetuated with its double-walled construction. Clad with a canopy of metal fins, the rooftop explores the interplay of light and shadow, with each fin stretching outward in fluid lines informed by traditional Arabic handwriting. An exposed staircase leading to roof terraces references the former waterfront and the continuation of the site’s corniche.

Images courtesy Firas Al Raisi, Luminosity Productions.

At street level, the concrete volumes are perforated to allow natural light and ventilation into the bustling interior, which is equipped to accommodate more than 100 vendors and cutters. Space for a new fruit and vegetable market is also incorporated into the facility, along with offices, storage, cafés, and a rooftop restaurant.