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.
Like other works by the same architect, this house attempts to breathe new life into the use of stone cladding in Amman. The stone is laid in courses of 10cm - less than half the standard height - and its natural tones are brought out by a process of chipping and chiselling (rather than the prevalent tooling techniques). The interior spaces are fluid, in keeping with the informal lifestyle of the clients, a couple with three teenage children. The hub of the house is a large hall containing family, reception and circulation areas, all opening up to embrace the rear garden.