Marsa Plaza, a new public square located in Muscat, Oman, is shortlisted for the Architect of the Year Awards 2020 in the Public Realm category. Looking out to the sea, this square forms a gathering point for the residents and passers-by of Al-Mouj, a new urban quarter stretching along the Gulf of Oman. With large canopies creating shade throughout the day, the design of the plaza pays homage to traditional Omani geometric patterns and vernacular architecture.