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Black & White House / AGi Architects

  • 01:00 - 16 September, 2010
Black & White House / AGi Architects
Black & White House / AGi Architects, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Al-Yarmuk, Kuwait
  • Project Team

    Dr. Nasser B. Abulhasan, Joaquin Perez-Goicochea, Georg Thesing, Sharifa Alshalfan, Robert A. Varghese, Naseeba Shaji, Germana De Donno, Lucia Sanchez Salmon
  • Area

    3415.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. These six houses on three adjacent plots should be noticed for their bold black and white facade with far from being a decorative element reveals the very nature of this project. Not a solid block but a labyrinth of outer spaces communicated with the dark stone cladding ribbon flowing from one to the other in 3 directions and provide natural light and cross ventilation in the houses at different levels.

Located on a main highway in Kuwait, the houses differentiate themselves from their surroundings by their stark façade design. With two contrasting colours, the façade is designed to define the individual houses, while achieving unity amongst all six. White stucco material is used as the base for all the houses, while dark grey bands of stone turn corners, go indoors, and climb up and down, creating flow and continuity throughout the project.

© Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

Each of the three adjacent plots divides to accommodate two houses: the front, facing the inner neighbourhood street and the back, facing the 5th Ring Road highway. Services shafts and exterior light wells separate the 2 houses on each plot.

The front villas are introverted courtyard houses. Large windows of the main spaces overlook this courtyard that create dramatic light and shadow contrasts, while smaller strip windows face the street. Various outdoor spaces are located at different levels to provide ample light into the adjacent spaces, in addition to creating outdoor terraces and a pool area on the first floor.

Use of Space

The back villas overlook a garden facing the highway. Volumetric spaces and dramatic light wells drive the visitors into the main entrance of the house, and lead them onto the garden, which not only extends the space to the landscape through large windows, but also acts as a buffer between the houses and the busy road. The landscape separates the houses from each other through different levels that ultimately create privacy and independence from each other.

Natural light and ventilation are an important aspect of the design. Each house has a certain level of complexity in terms of spatial organization and relationship between indoor and outdoor. With every visit to the houses, one discovers new spatial and visual experiences.

© Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

Different levels and careful program layout were studied to achieve maximum privacy from each other.

Sustainability, Innovation and Security

The front villas are introverted courtyard houses. Large windows of the main spaces overlook the courtyards allowing natural ventilation from a shaded outdoor space with private pool, while smaller strip windows face the street exposed to the sun.

© Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

Narrow courtyards, soil-greenery on different levels, and pools are the keys for an environmental friendly approach on this project. These issues, ensure thermal collecting differences between spaces, and give a non monolithic response to sun exposure, humidity and ventilation.

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KW · September 16, 2010

If I saw just the pics, I would never ever guess this was in the middle east. Looks very cool. Congrats to the architects.

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