Al-Makkiyah Residential Villa
Jiddah, Saudi Arabia
The design of this residence combines modern construction techniques with traditional crafts (such as Turkish mosaic and Moroccan 'zillij') and largely local materials (Coral Sea stone, desert sandstone and granite). Natural ventilation techniques minimise the need for air-conditioning even at the height of summer, while a water-recycling system feeds the plants that are an integral feature of both the central internal courtyard and the roof gardens. The Islamic principle of 'sitr' (ensuring privacy for neighbours as well as inhabitants of the house) is accomplished by using 'rawasheen' bay windows and intricate woodwork over the openings.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Jiddah, Saudi Arabia
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Ground floor area: 715 m²; combined floor area: 1,625 m²; total site area: 1,725 m²
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