The project is located in one of Dubai's busiest residential neighborhoods and accordingly surrounded by many low-rise structures. Our client requested for a design that ensures the highest level of privacy and allow for the construction of a 1400 sqm house on 1300 sqm plot. He has also requested for a certain level of grandeur with a great deal of natural light.
The entry experience starts at the boundary wall making the most out of the plot size. A timber overhang was used to complete the geometry of the "L" and to give privacy to the internal corridor from the street side.
One of our challenges was the definition of grandeur. In a region where grandeur is still widely expected to be shiny with lots of glitter, we needed to create a mood of grandeur, a magnificent space minus all the usual glitter. A space that one would normally experience in museums and grand galleries. This kind of grandiosity could only be achieved through mastering proportions, the use of natural materials and ample light.
Accordingly, scale was key in this project where all the openings were fitted with doors and windows that reach the ceiling level giving all these objects a powerful presence and allowing for ample natural light.
The internal L outline is transparent with large spans of sliding glass doors. The large glass panels have a slim linear profile creating a seamless boundary between the outdoors and the indoors. This opens up the house to a view of the pool and garden and create a visual link between all the living spaces.