With reference to Kuwait's rich maritime past, the "sails" refer to the Dhow - a traditional Kuwaiti merchant ship. But instead of being at sea, in this house it protects the outside balcony space from the harsh desert sun. To the left is a bridge that connects to the master bedroom and below a subtle curve welcomes visitors to the main guest reception.
An "Eye"or large two-storey glass block dominates the facade of this house. Although it sits in a 375 sq. meters plot it has a 25 meter wide street view making for a larger view.
Illuminate 2008 was a solo "light sculptures" exhibition by designer Yousef Al-Haroun. The sculpting of light illuminates spaces, sparks the emotions, alleviating the senses producing jewelry for the interior. The creative nature of the light art allows freedom in design, however, due to the need to absorb the heat generated from the light source, metals are the preferred medium. The light technology used are LED lighting systems or small halogen light bulbs.
AYAT 2011 is a non-profit venture that aimed at reviving the community's faith through enhancing their sensitivity towards Islamic art and architecture. With globalization and worldwide cultural diffusion and influence, the vision of AYAT (means signs in Arabic) is to be inspired by the past to express a contemporary present to give hope for the future. Quranic inscriptions have been printed on various gold/silver/blue mirrors.
The concept is an L shape with a garden in the center. Three mashrabiya blocks come together to make the form and create harmony. It's amazing what you can do in only 400 square meters.
The "Courtyard" was the most significant traditional vernacular element in old Kuwait. However, today it has almost disappeared from Kuwait's urban fabric. This design proposal reintroduces it as a central space formed by two twin villas. Contemporary mashrabiyas have also been used to further screen the house from Kuwait's harsh summer sun. It is the hope that principles of vernacular elements may be used to direct a more culturally sensitive and sustainable approach for building.
Contemporary Mosque for Kuwait Center of Education and Orphanage in Cambodia. In this design we tried to use the color white to not only reflect simplicity and purity but also create sharp contrast with the tropical Asian climate.
The concept in this design is to mimic the functional characteristics of a Traditional Arabian Tent within the spatial arrangement of the house.
Bamboo grid welcomes the visitor. Wild oak wood panels cover parts of the facade punctured by horizontal glass openings. A hidden garden courtyard is indirectly seen beyond. Together these features come together to form a sophisticated yet rustic feel.
Prototype Gulf Bank Branch
An L shape form is interlaced with L shape balconies. The garden becomes an oasis, a sanctuary of greenery surrounded by endless empty desert.
Four blocks move outward from the main building block. Each block represents a functional relationships between the interior and outside spaces merging together. A large glass window in the center provides a focal point for the facade and creates balance within the blocks.
The first glance of this luxury villa is seen through its high door which takes one into an atrium surrounded with a steel and glass mashrabiya. Its view overlooks a large pool and garden at the center. From the pool a waterfall falls down to a sunken courtyard which is next to a high ceiling banquet hall. The water gardens references to Andalusia architecture aims to alleviate the visitors sensations and spark their imaginations of a time long gone.
The key was too use almost all the entire allowable space by law which gives little room to play with for the facade. The result was four stone blocks coming together within the main block.
This house is one of our earliest projects in the Faiha residential area overlooking the third ring road. It is basically a cube with a circulation core at the centre opening up to the sky. In the left corner the building curves with the street as it overlooks the 400 sq. meter garden. Its post modern design attempts the convey a new sense of sophisticated living in Kuwait.
Concept Rawda is a house that accommodates over 10 apartments. The objective was to use almost all the allowable area by law and separate various zones of the house between the owner and tenants.
Proposal given to AlSalhiya Real Estate Company for welcoming visitors to the Holy month of Ramadan. Various contemporary calligraphy expressions have been introduced with different aesthetics to engage people as they more around the atriums of AlSalhiya and AlRaya shopping Complexes.
Proposal for a three villa residential complex. A U shape with a shared garden courtyard at the center allows privacy for each villa yet a sense of community.
The courtyard becomes of great importance in this proposal. It speaks to visitors as they enter, move and leave the house. The main stairway block has been placed adjacent to the courtyard providing an intimate relationship between the various floors of the house and outside garden spaces. The diwaniya (men social gathering space) has been in the edge of the courtyard between both public and private realms.
Contemporary landscape design for a modern villa.
14 story Apartment complex.
The concept behind this design is to use many types of lines that come together to reflect a sophisticated contemporary residential expression. The house entrance leads the visitor to a sunken courtyard garden that provides more privacy and shade.
The idea behind this villa is to have a sunken courtyard surrounding the building. A bridge welcomes people inside the main guest reception and diwaniya spaces. The facade uses beige limestone with a white modern mashrabiya. There is another option without the mashrabiya.
This 750sq meters villa is cladded with limestones from all over the world emitting a modern yet simple sophistication. A contemporary steel structure and curtain wall frames the main entrance which aims to reflect an elegant welcome to both homeowner and visitors.
This Mosque uses the courtyard and inverted foldable fabric structure to adapt to different functional and environmental conditions.
The house is inspired by the Dahlia flower. Like the center of the flower is the heart of its bloom, the sunken courtyard in this villa acts as a microclimate providing privacy and a cool outdoor living space. The curves mimic the form of the flower and its movement throughout the seasons.
This project is in but Hasani seaside area. It uses a courtyard garden sanctuary, which provides privacy and shields the homeowners from the noise of the main roads and apartment buildings in alfuntas. Two diwaniyas (male social gathering spaces) are used as a wall to further buffer the house from the busy neighborhood.
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