We are pleased to announce that construction begun a year ago on one of our projects in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.
Built on a 3000m2 plot in a low density residential neighborhood, the house is a residence for a family of six (in addition to 9 staff members). One of the first challenges was how to respond to the client’s request for a compact and centralized program, while keeping a horizontal programmatic distribution that respects the low building height of the neighboring houses and applying the standards required by the BREEAM International.
The images below show the under-construction process:
The design integrates the solar panels (that are still not installed yet) into the architectural language of the project. The technology is no longer just an add-on, but actually generates the design through the use of 4 roofs directed perfectly South and sloped at an optimal 25degrees for maximum energy generation.
The irregular shape between different volumes creates shadows thus reducing the need for artificial air conditioning. This narrow passage enhances wind flow across the site thus reducing the heat from the desert.
Improving indoor air quality through strategic openings letting air flow easily in the room moreover providing natural light for the internal spaces.
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