A series of villas designed to be adaptable to suit varying site orientations in Dubai. Set within rectangular plots the twin villas are conceived as a reinterpretation of the traditional Arabic courtyard house. Carved out of the pure volume deep-set screened full height openings and a variety of courtyard spaces provide maximum natural light and privacy to the interior spaces modulating sunlight views and privacy.
The façade concept is expressed as a pure cast concrete frame emphasizing the vertical and creating a variety of openings related to the interior spaces. Completely open to the street and garden, but closed to the sides apart from a single large opening to the entrance courtyard. The full height openings within the concrete frame ensure maximum natural light and views with modular screens to filter direct sunlight and ensure privacy.
Entering along the side garden an internal courtyard space leads to the main open plan living space occupying the garden with a full width shaded terrace and small pool. Service spaces occupy the street side screened by a stone wall and sliding garage door. The upper-level master bedroom and a family lounge occupy the garden side with three bedrooms to the street side connected by a central stairs and gallery within an interior courtyard. A second interior courtyard allows light and ventilation to the main service spaces to the center.
Natural materials are employed to reinforce the concept of the villa – cast concrete façade, local natural stone walls, full height openings and mashrabiya wood screens provide privacy and filter the natural light to the warm interiors.
The landscape is integral creating a natural environment in which the villas are situated. Perimeter trees a variety of palms and locally adapted plant species provide nature, privacy, shading and colour as a backdrop to the pure tectonic architectural expression.