Contemporary Modern House Design
Location: Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia
Scope of services: Architectural Design and Landscape Design
Date: July 2018
Why travel when you have all the luxuries of a resort right in your own home? This beautiful, private residential home, located in the picturesque city of Khamis Mushait in Saudi Arabia, has a distinct resort-like vibe. Designed for a family of six, this contemporary modern house design is the result of a cohesive design process. Cultural, social and site considerations have been masterfully combined to create a modern home that responds to the various requirements of the Arabic culture in Saudi Arabia.
The front elevation is neat and elegant; wood and glass combine to make a bold, modern statement. Large panels of floor to ceiling glass take advantage of the mild weather, opening the house up to beautifully landscaped gardens. The front yard incorporates covered parking for two cars and a diwaniya to host guests and meetings. A series of orthogonally oriented steps provide a clear path to the main entrance. Structured front yard planting matches the design aesthetic of the residence. The tinkling sound of fountains welcomes visitors and guests to the home.
The sloped site is creatively utilized to provide isolated private access for men and women as per Islamic customs. Men enter from the front of the house, whereas the women’s entrance is through the side elevation and leads directly into the women’s Majlis on the ground floor. The family entrance is through the rear-landscaped garden into the private courtyard on the first level. This is made possible due to the sloping site, which slopes up towards the rear of the property.
The house steps back in rhythm with the sloping land, creating a dynamic elevation. The ground level is designed for guests, with clear separation for the men and women’s entertainment and dining areas as is customary in the Arabic culture. The first floor accommodates the social family areas such as the kitchen, family room and gym, which opens up into the private rear garden. The more private family spaces such as the bedrooms are located on the uppermost level, taking advantage of the lovely views.
The rear elevation façade utilizes expansive glass to take full advantage of the views into the elegantly furnished rear garden. Large windows in this contemporary modern house design carry the outdoors into the home, creating a bright, airy vibe. The master bedroom on the second floor overlooks the garden below. The private paved courtyard is furnished with a delightful fountain, providing a transitioning space from outdoors to indoors. The family living room leads onto a raised outdoor seating, shielded by the bedroom above, overlooking the lush garden.
The rear garden offers a private haven for relaxation to enjoy the lovely climate of the region. It is simply designed with clearly demarcated paved and soft areas. A green lawn, leading off the raised courtyard provides a space for children to run and play, while parents can keep an eye on them from the adjacent seating area. An outdoor kitchenette, tucked under an open pergola, offers the option of a casual outdoor dining experience. Low key, external lighting is subtly used to edge the water features and outline the steps, catering to safety in a creative and aesthetic manner.
Soothing shades of green add a touch of calm to this serene private oasis. The rear garden and surrounding landscape add a classy finishing touch to the home, giving it a resort-like luxurious feel.
The designers of this contemporary modern house design have creatively catered to the needs of the family while being sensitive to the social and cultural norms that are inherent to the Islamic religion of the region.