With the recent addition of the House of Musical Arts to the Royal Opera House Muscat (RHOM), I take a moment during a heartfelt visit to the Sultanate of Oman to pay my respects following the sad passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said and check the ‘State of the Nation’.

In my down time I distracted myself with my favourite thing; Photography.

Here are a few of the test shots for a photographic study of the project.

Dusk Exterior of the Royal Opera House Muscat
Dusk shot of the fountain in the shape of a musical note with the Royal Opera House Muscat
entrance to the ROHM's House of Musical Arts
The entrance to the ROHM’s House of Musical Arts aside one of Muscat oldest and most recognisable international buildings.

Situated within visual distance to Oman’s first international hotel (1977). As my first assignment in Oman (1991) was to produce the photography for their brochure. So I have found memories of ‘Muscat Intercontinental Hotel’, which is currently coming to the end of yet anther refit, following its major centennial refit by British architect Keith Jarvis and the team at Huckle and Partners, Muscat.

Interior of the House of Musical Arts

Auditorium of the Royal Opera House Muscat
The auditorium of the ROHM. The front three balconies move to suit the performance.

The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) was constructed by Carillion Alawi, and completed in 2011.

The auditorium of the ROHM's House of Musical Arts
The auditorium of the ROHM’s House of Musical Arts

pedestrian bridge over roadway
House of Musical Arts (2019) and its pedestrian bridge link to the Opera House

It is the addition of the House of Musical Arts (2019) and its pedestrian bridge link to the Opera House, that has peeked my interest in the project. I think it differentiates it from other such projects and adds balance to the complexe’s non-arts amenities such as cafes, eateries and high-end shops in keeping with and catering to auspicious tastes.

High-end shopping mall
High-end shopping mall of the Royal Opera House for a discerning clientele.
ROHM entrance to the pedestrian bridge
Entrance to pedestrian bridge linking the Royal Opera House and the House of Musical Arts

Once the study is complete all photographs will be held by the Royal Institute of British Architects photographic library RIBApix, who hold a growing number of my works, including the 1990 study of The Palace of the Parliament (Romanian: Palatul Parlamentului) by architect Anca Petrescu (1949 – 2013).


Lockdown London

COVID-19 Locks-down London / UK as death toll exceeds twenty six thousand. Making the UK as of midnight on the 29th April 2020, the 4th worst effected country in terms of deaths. Video footage of London (Harrow, Holborn, Westminster and Trafalgar) in a state of Lockdown. All recorded on the 13th April 2020 using various cameras and techniques.


From Maltby and I

It is with gratitude and humility I wish to thank RIBApix for their acknowledgement and support.

The works of Photographer John Maltby

RIBA Article re: The works of Photographer Gerald McLean

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