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.
Al-Makkiyah Residential Villa Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.