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.
al-Asad, Mohammad. 2012. "Small-Scale Residential Projects: The Region’s Architectural Laboratories". In Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East, 21-45. 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.