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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Take Two - Maybe...

This is the second time we, Maysaa, and I, live together in Kuwait. Our first venture happened shortly after we got married. During that period, which lasted for about a year and a half, we got involved in various different projects, ranging from architecture to advertising... One of those projects was a design for a private villa in Rawda (a district in central Kuwait), our first opportunity to design something on our own, and thus a project which will always have a special place in a special spot for us. For various reasons the project was delayed and consequently, during its construction phase, put on hold, and later, we assumed (as we had moved back to London by then), eventually abandoned...
However, recently (during our current stay in 'K-City') we decided to visit the site, if only to reminisce about what could have been. To our surprise the house was still there, and not only was it standing, but it was well on its way to being completed!
We're not sure if the owner is still the same, nor if the design has been changed (its exterior looked, more or less, according to its original plan and our original consultant sign was still in place), but either way we were thrilled to see it again. It brought back lots of memories... Good times...

Included are some of the original sketches of the project and some site photos taken during initial phases of construction.


Sketches of Facade proposals

Section through the central skylight topped 'Canyon' stairwell.

Image of the stairwell during construction. At ground level the skylight is 14 meters above the 1.5 meter wide stair/ lightwell.

The pergola covered pool-side courtyard, seen from the 'kitchen' (looking towards the second living-room)...

The outside pool, which (eventual) surface continues as a reflective pool, along the side of the large, floor to ceiling, kitchen window.

2 comments:

Argiman said...

Hello from Macedonia, Greece

Thomas said...

Hi Argiman,

Are you living or on holiday there..?

Tom