Royal Court Affairs

Design Architect

Quad Design (bridge), WATG (building)



Main Contractor

Oman Shapoorji



Scope of Work

Pedestrian bridge structure, Curved glazing, Curved mashrabia screens, Glass railing & MEP works


Glass, Stainless Steel, Mild Steel


Muscat, Oman

Royal Opera House Muscat

Project Summary

As a first step, Grankraft reviewed the existing design of the girder and through re-engineering a height reduction of the structure of 600mm, an overall depth of only 1400mm was achieved. This increased the free head height and improved the perception of the internal space.

The reduction of the overall weight of the girder, to only 50MT, resulted in a more efficient design which significantly contributed to material cost savings. As a consequence of the reduced girder weight the resulting foundation reaction sizes were also reduced which allowed a simplification of the foundation design as well.

The bridge has an ellipsoid section with a major axis dimension of 6.2m, a height of 4.8m and is clad with glass and a double curved stainless steel screen that features a traditional mashrabiya pattern to provide shading. In addition to the bridge structure and external envelope, Grankraft has also manufactured and installed the glass railings and MEP works for the bridge.

To overcome the internal height restrictions and the heavy reactions at the bearing pads imposed by the girder, a complete re-evaluation of the bridges structure was necessary since the overall cross-sectional dimensions could not be changed.