On the eastern side of the Ajlun mountains, Amman is a hilly city through which a small river, Wadi ‘Amman, once ran. Settlements have existed on the plateau since at least 3000 BCE. The Islamic history of the city begins when the city was taken by the forces of the general Yazīd ibn Abī Sufyān in 635, but it declined in importance, and by 1300 had nearly disappeared.
The Ottoman resettled the site with Circassian refugees from Russia in 1878, but I wasn’t until becoming the capital of Jordan after World War II that the city really began to grow.
Recycled, rough old stone walls integrate this house into the surrounding landscape. Its spaces are layered horizontally and vertically by a 30-metre path that offers contrasts between solid and void, stone and glass. The path extends across the house, linking spaces and views all the way up to the rooftop, where there are views out over the city of Jerusalem.