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Overlooking a splendid view to the northeast, this summer house maximizes visual connections to the outdoors and the view of the city. Inspired by traditional design elements of hot dry climates, this home utilizes the use of malqaf ‘wind towers’, vegetation for shade, and the open courtyard concept.







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The living room is the heart of the house from which all other functions radiate. Platforms are created in the landscaping as a continuation to the interior space, they overlap the different functions with evergreen trees planted in specific locations to bring shade form the harsh summer sun.

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A shaft rising above the building with uni/multi-directional openings facing the prevailing winds. It captures the winds from the top where it’s cooler and stronger and channels it down into the interior of the building forcing it out through the openings. The malqaf can also act as a chimney where it sucks out the warm rising air out of the building and creates thermal comfort due to the air circulation and replacement.


Thermal performance of a courtyard deals with heat exchange between the courtyard, the outdoors and indoors. 

Location manipulation of courtyards aid in shading and create barriers from one or more direction.

Ventilation through courtyard and the filtration of heat and sun through the use of vegetation. and the use of natural elements to create shadow in an open courtyard.

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