VILLA AT AL-MEZHAR - Young & Ayata

"The project re-imagines the courtyard typology for the arid climate of the Arabian Desert, on a site located in a typically walled-in residential neighborhood of the city.
 The villa initially presents itself to the street as a levitating single volume perched on a solid stone plinth. The plinth is organized around a 25 meter swimming pool which extends out into the backyard. It holds all the service and living spaces around a 2 storey high courtyard, which performs as the center of the house. Numerous light wells provide light into the depths of the plinth.

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