This Kuwait City house by Studio Toggle is home to two independent young families. The volume is divided in the middle into two identical units housing the private quarters of each family. These identical units are joined on the top and bottom by a shared roof terrace and a common basement that has parking facilities for 10 cars and a banquet hall.
Hend Almatrouk, Gijo Paul George
Gijo Paul George
The challenge was to balance the necessity of natural light and Kuwait’s scorching hot climate. Light pockets are distributed along the mass of the building, increasing its porosity while avoiding direct sun. This helped in lighting up the interiors while avoiding the harsh direct sunlight.
The exterior of the house is finished in an austere palette of smooth white cement render contrasted against natural silver travertine and the rough grey finish of the window frames and louvres. The louvres afford necessary privacy to the stepped entrance foyer and the roof garden. The louvres also soften the contextual impact of the crisp white massing.
Strategically located gardens, so private they could be secret, fosters greenery and light for the social spaces including the banquet room in the basement.