area: 1.500 m2
design: allard architecture
Saudi Arabia has strong traditions, which include the segregation of genders and family gender roles. For this project, Allard Architecture was asked to design a family home which would break free from these traditions while still respecting them. The design of the house follows modern principles and maintains an open minded approach towards Saudi customs.
The well known city walls of Al-Diriyah has inspired the traditional Arab facade, from which a new aesthetic style begins. While the rooms near this typical Arab façade are service-based, the dome, which breaks traditional style, focuses around an open gallery and open ceiling. Here one’s attention is directed towards the light, helping to clear the mind and exhibiting this novel view of Saudi traditions.