"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.
upper volume consists of two generic boxes for sleeping quarters at
each end. The solid boxes ‘soften’ in the middle and dissolve into a
double layered trellis made of single sized beams to sculpt the
courtyard space below. The layers of the trellis are connected with 5
standard length vertical steel rods to allow the structure to span a
greater distance, while creating a shaded courtyard below. The varying
distance of the layers create moiré fields as light filters through the
trellis. The quality and the nature of the moiré fields evolve through
the day with the movement of the sun, evolving different shaded zones in
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