The Al Khuwayr vegetable market is
located near Said Ben Teimur Mosque in
Muscat, Oman. The market is organized
with a centralized marketplace
intersected by a pedestrian axis. To
the north the axis connects to the
surrounding shops. To the south the axis
cuts through the neighboring park and
continues connecting with Said Ben
The market is shaded by a series of
shading canopies. The concept of the
shading canopy refers to a leaf canopy.
It creates a play of light and shadow,
transforming throughout the day. The
canopy will glow as a beacon in the
evening, pinpointing the market as the
heart of Al Khuwayr.
Embracing the market on three sides
is a peripheral rind development, varying
in height from four to seven floors,
accommodating permanent acclimatized
shops on street level, and potential
commercial and residential spaces in the
stories above ground floor.
The vegetable market occupies the
central outdoor space at the heart of
the development. Enclosed on three
sides this spacious court yard opens to
the north towards the existing park. The
market provides the social heart of the
community, creating a much sought after
link between the residential units and the
social life of the community.