Renovation of a 1950s addition to a house, comprising a consultation space on the ground floor and the psychologist's private quarters on the upper floor. The terrazzo-tiled floor of the upstairs apartment was not changed but was covered with fitted Sisal matting. Several walls were added in order to provide insulation and conceal the structure (columns), which protruded into the space. The house was finished with a mixture of cement plastering and steel particles, and a system of exterior sliding steel panels was applied to provide seclusion and shade.
al-Asad, Mohammad. 2012. "Workplaces: Institutional Branding". In Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East, 140-162. Gainesville: University Press of Florida
Beginning at the end of the first Gulf War, the Middle East entered a new era of architectural and urban development defined by increased levels of globalization and private sector investment. In the decade that followed, the region was home to a wealth of architectural projects that challenged conventional thinking about architecture and the Middle East itself. Mohammad al-Asad provides an in-depth examination of an abundance of these projects, from homes and schools to hotels and religious centers. Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East examines the economic, political, and cultural context in which the projects were created. The book’s photographs bring attention to previously unaddressed aspects of modern Arabic architecture, highlighting local talent emerging throughout the region.