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salmah plateau, sultanate of oman
ministry of tourism,
sultanate of oman
jane wernick associates, london
malcolm reading consultants, london
effective area: appr.700 sq. m
beyond the insertion
of permanent technical devices and structures into the cave openings
in order to provide permanent access to the cave, the programme issued
by the ministry of tourism for the development of majlis al jinn and salmah
plateau includes a visitor centre and
the present architectural project investigates into the integration of these buildings in the unique and magnificient landscape of the salmah plateau. furthermore, it proposes a specific architectural concept responding to the very specific requirements of tourism infrastructure in this remote and exposed location.
majlis al jinn on the existing gravel road, visitors will be welcomed
by a long canopy providing shaded parking. adjacent to the parking,
small and simple rooms provide spaces for gathering, resting, picnic
etc. they are enclosed by light and permeable wood mesh facades
reminiscent of "arish", a traditional local building
material. these small spaces will give a calm atmosphere, after the
exciting journey up to the plateau.
then walk across a sculpture garden spanning between the parking and
the actual exhibition building. being a beautiful abstract object
at first glance, the extensive cast sculpture turns out to be a
precise scale model of the cave system underneath salmah plateau.
the wide entrance opening in the traditional natural stone facade of
the exhibition building, a long reception bar offers tickets,
information, souvenirs and food. to the left, the speleological
exhibition informs about the caves. the highlight of this exhibition,
a large scale cast model of majlis corresponding to the sculptures
outside the building, is presented in a circular dark space. light
tubes in the roof will direct sunlight precisely into the openings of
the model, simulating the magnificient light situation in majlis.
exhibition ends in a media space, where films and images can be shown.
towards the cave entrances, visitors can then sit under a translucent
glass canopy and prepare for their caving tour.
oriented towards the cave entrances, visitors can then sit under a translucent glass canopy and prepare for their caving tour.
large scale cast model of majlis