The house in Faiha is home to a retired Kuwaiti couple and their four adult children in different stages of their lives.
The villa features a full basement with sheltered parking for six cars, built on 500 square metres of land with a prominent street offset in Al Faiha, Kuwait. The basement also accommodates the living quarters for three male staff, along with other service areas.
"Running water carves incredible formations and the grandest canyons from impregnable and mightiest rocks. This truth inspired the architects when designing this multi-generational villa with a dense program. The program required the entire extent of the site to be built up, resulting in a volumetrically dense massing. How does one make this dense massing porous enough to filter natural light? How does one sculpt the massing to reveal hidden nooks and corners? The answer revealed itself when architects strategically deployed the swimming pool and the resulting atrium as an ode to the water that cuts through stone."
The architects chose a palette of Italian travertine with high-performance glass and dark metal trims and accents to compose the subtly sculptured exterior. The glass and the minimal aluminium trims soften the monolithic overtones of the travertine.
A smooth white paint finish covers most interior walls and partitions, with subtle accents of differently veined marble and wood trims. The ethereal simplicity of the interiors contrasts with the rigid exterior shell and culminates in a delicately balanced palette.
The volumetric massing of the villa follows the architect's language, which emphasises a self-shaded aesthetic to counter the region's extreme weather. This strategy carves out shaded patios and terraces into the massing. It helps blur the boundary between the interior and the exterior, even in a climate of extremes.