Muttrah Fish Market

West of Muscat, on the coast of Gulf of Oman the Muttrah Fish Market stand as a new landmark on the waterfront. The city of Muttrah is known for its long history of commercial trade, its characteristic port, and long-standing fishery traditions. The Snøhetta designed fish market is created to serve as a focal point for the community of Muttrah. Located close to the city´s original fish market, built in 1960, the new market marks a continuity of the region´s fishing traditions. as well as fulfilling Oman´s need to accommodate for the country´s growing tourism industry. The 4000 square meter fish market is designed to unite the old and the new, and creates a public meeting space where local fishermen and tourist from all over the world can meet under the same roof. The architectural concept is inspired by the playful qualities of light and shadow through the shape of a double radial wall defining the spine of the market, and defines the boundaries of public space, interconnecting the city, the waterfront and the nearby mountains. The public setting on the street level forms a dynamically shaded canopy, which form is derived from Arabic calligraphy. A playful movement of light and shadow is built from aluminum fins providing shade, natural ventilation and an ephemeral appearance. The lively marketplace holds more than 100 fish sellers and cutters, refrigeration, packaging and offices, as well as a new market for vegetables and fruit. In addition the new facility also offers coffee shops and a roof top restaurant. Photo: Firas Al Raisi, Luminosity Productions.