Modern Granite House Design
Location: Basra, Iraq
Scope of services: Architectural Design
Date: January 2017
Client: Sharef Albattat
The program for this modern granite house design was very specific as per the client’s requirements. The client wanted a two-story villa with various interior spaces designed to strict specifications. This villa would then be replicated as four villas designed together on an empty lot in Basra, Iraq.
The harsh climate in Basra made it challenging to design a modern façade that balanced the client’s expectations with climatic considerations while ensuring an aesthetically pleasing exterior elevation. In order to achieve this balance, we used modern materials that were guaranteed to weather the hot climate of the region.
Simplicity of form and perfectly balanced proportions characterize the façade of this modern granite house design. The pure form is a cube; this form is then manipulated by scooping out chunks to create the entrance as well as sheltered verandahs. The modular nature of the cubic form also makes it easy to replicate and group together, which was a future possibility for the designed home.
Tall, narrow slit windows emphasize verticality; these repeated forms create a rhythmic balance. The tall, narrow windows are a passive design response to the climate and help to minimize heat gain inside the house.
Verticality is further emphasized by using a random pattern stone cladding around the tall windows and painting the remainder of the façade with an exterior grade light-colored paint. Black veined granite is used to frame openings and provide a strong contrast to the light-colored paint. The dark granite adds a dramatic flair to the façade elevation and also demonstrates creative use of a modern material.
The façade of this modern granite house design focuses on purity of form and attention to proportion as an expression of its modern design.