WORLD HERITAGE AFLAJ VISITOR CENTRE
The Aflaj World Heritage site in Oman was inscribed onto the World Heritage List in 2006. Alongside Chris Blandford Associates (UK) and Bright 3d (Scotland); 23 Degrees North were commissioned by The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR) to develop a site wide masterplan, visitor experience strategy and schematic design for the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.
Falaj Khatmein is a relatively uncomplicated cultural landscape with high integrity. It has a large agricultural area bordered to the north by historic settlement areas, and is encircled by a ring of defensive watchtowers. Nestled alongside the Sharia of Falaj Khatmein, the proposed single storey visitor centre is grounded within a number of public landscapes and destination gardens. The building creates a series of exhibition, research and educational opportunities to encourage a greater awareness of the value of Oman’s cultural heritage and the sustainable use of water resources. It is anticipated that 140,000 visitors a year will come to the visitor centre.