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.
The project is a high-income private residence. The original house layout consisted of three bedrooms with a total built area of 120 m2. To make a stronger entry statement, the architects added a porch and two gateways along the street front. The concrete rendering of the exteriors was removed and the exteriors were re-rendered. To maximize the space available from the 5m set-backs around the house, a 45 degrees angular scheme was used to characterize the exterior design elements, and define the seating boundaries. The flat areas which used to serve as children's playground, were made into seating areas and a sunken parking space.