At first glance the site for this family house seemed to pose a serious drawback: the 800-square-metre plot is almost landlocked, with a mere 11-metre street frontage. The architects' response draws on the model of the traditional courtyard house. The two-storey L-shaped structure shields itself from the street with stone walls that are almost blank. Behind the walls, the house opens up completely, through extensive glazing, onto a garden court that provides views and a focus for the most significant rooms - reception, dining, family, master bedroom, guest bedroom - as well as the main circulation elements.
Abdulwahab House 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.