Phase One of the Mahdha Hills development comprises of the north western section of the overall masterplan. The initial development phase includes a varied mixture of apartments, commercial and office space, in addition to a 40 suite block hotel and a petrol station. The apartment blocks which for the majority of the initial development are predominately 4 and 5 stories in height, all of which are surrounded by extensive landscaped parks and gardens irrigated with a modern system of Falaj which seek to strengthen the send of identity associated with the historic oasis settlements of Oman.
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Mahdha Hills One
Mahdha Hills Two
Mahdha Hills Three
The proposed mixed use development is situated a short distance from the border with the UAE on the south side of the road that form the main route to Muscat. Nestled at the point where the foothills rise to the Northern Oman Mountains at Jabal ar' Rawdah the land is perfectly situated for the creation of a serene modern oasis settlement comprising a mixture of retail, commercial, and residential property which draws on Oman's rich architectural heritage of adaptation of often harsh and arid enviroment.
Access to the development is via an engineered adaptation to the main highway via a slip road and underpass to the plaza of the main commercial frontage of the settlement. A hierachy of roads then lead to the interior of the development and to below ground parking courts designed to create an increasingly pedestrian enviroment to the interior spaces and courtyards that define the character of the development.
The development is laid out with a footprint density that increases in terms of green and open space as one travels further away from the main road so as to create a plot ratio greater than 30% open green space to that of the built form
A residential component of the development is comprised of a mixture of apartments, houses and villas each designed to varying sizes to enable a balanced living enviroment which are supported by commercial infrastructure of local shops, schools, medical practitioners so as to create a sustainable living and working enviroment.
The detail design of the buildings make careful reference to Oman's architectural heritage and seeks to create a contemporary aesthetic drawn from the characteristics of the mud brick defences or Husn as well as the timer adornment to the exterior of the structures that can be found in the applied carved timber bay windows and shutters of Muscat. Green spaces are irrigated with a modern system of falaj which seek to strengthen the sense of identify associated with the historic oasis settlement of Oman.