Traditional Arabic House Design 1 - The traditional Arabic house design features a grand entrance, defined with an ornamented pointed arch and slim, elegant pillars, while incorporated harmoniously with the modern building form, achieving a contemporary residence design that is rooted within its local context, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

Traditional Arabic House Design

Location: Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia
Scope of services: Architectural Design and Landscape design
Date: December 2018
Client: Abdulrahman Alqahtani, Owner of Sweet Rush Company

Modern design elements have greatly influenced traditional Arabic architecture as Middle Eastern countries continue to embrace Western culture and traditions. In this traditional Arabic house design, in Saudi Arabia, the impact of Islamic architecture is very evident in the use of traditional forms and features. However, the house also acknowledges its place in modern society by harmoniously incorporating modern elements into the design, without compromising the traditions and values of the past.

Traditional Arabic House Design 2 - Climbing vines are placed across the boundary wall of the traditional Arabic house design, adding a lively and a dynamic natural element to the modern building form, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Traditional Arabic House Design 3 - White Calcutta marble tiles are used as the main façade material for the traditional Arabic house design with accents of dark walnut wooden cladding, slender, double height pillars support an ornamented pointed arch that mark the main entrance to the private residence, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

As is customary in many Muslim countries, the entrances for women and men are segregated to maintain privacy. White Calcutta marble with dark walnut wooden accents are used as cladding for the exterior elevation. Tall, narrow mashrabiyas with geometrical screening patterns adorn the elevation, while maintaining privacy for the residents inside. Adjacent to the splendid entry arch, these elements emphasize the verticality of this traditional Arabic house design. The modernity of the strictly geometric volumes is counter-balanced by the traditional pointed arch, mashrabiyas and molded stucco relief work on the exterior residential façade.

Traditional Arabic House Design 4 - Slender, double height pillars support the ornamented pointed arch and frame the glazing that forms the main entryway to the traditional Arabic house, white Calcutta marble tiles are used for the façade with accents of dark walnut wooden cladding, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Traditional Arabic House Design 5 - The double height glazing is framed with an ornamented pointed arch that is supported by slender pillars, marking the entrance to the traditional Arabic house and accentuates the sense of grandeur of the private residence, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Traditional Arabic House Design 6 - The inner courtyard of the traditional Arabic house provides the residents with a pleasing, oasis like environment, a raised rectangular pool amid the lush greenery aid in cooling off the hot air that enters the house, maximizing the comfort of the private residence, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

The entryway is deliberately designed with a double height pointed arch to magnify the element of grandeur. The large expanse of glazing, framed by the arch, balances the stone cladding, adding an element of transparency and lightness to the structure. Geometry, which is important in Islamic architecture, is highlighted by the absence of curves and emphasized by the symmetry of the round double-height columns.
The L-shaped residence is oriented North, into the direction of the prevailing wind, which helps draw air into the house. Large ground-floor windows open to an intimate exterior courtyard tucked into the void created by the L-shape of the residence. Owing to the clever orientation of the building, the courtyard is largely shaded by the building, providing a cool haven of tranquility for the family to enjoy. The bedrooms and private spaces on the first floor overlook the courtyard, enjoying a peaceful view of the pool and gardens.

Traditional Arabic House Design 7 - One of the distinctive elements of the traditional Arabic house design is the private courtyard, here it features lush greenery and a raised rectangular pool, creating an oasis like environment that helps in cooling off the hot air that enters the house, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Traditional Arabic House Design 8 - A decorated section along the boundary wall of the traditional Arabic house breaks the monotony of the expanse of the white stucco and highlights a minimal water fountain, creating a cozy pathway, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design

The courtyard comprises a beautiful raised pool with a decorative tiled coping and lounging sun-beds. Lying in the shade of the building, the pool acts as a cooling element, cooling the hot air that is drawn through the courtyard into the house. Palm trees and green plants create an oasis-like environment, allowing the pool and courtyard to be used on hot summer days.
The property line walls, with a textured finish, are traditional in their look and feel. Green plants planted against the walls offer visual relief against the expanse of the boundary walls.

Traditional Arabic House Design 9 - An intricate, laser-cut metal screen provides shade for the barbeque area on the top floor terrace of the traditional Arabic house, artfully combining the modern with the traditional and accentuating the identity of the villa's local context, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.
Traditional Arabic House Design 10 - The landscape design throughout the traditional Arabic house incorporates intricate elements within a modern setting, enriched with palm trees, potted shrubs and evergreen trees, creating a comfortable home that is well embedded within its surrounding context, by Comelite Architecture, Structure and Interior Design.

The landscape is minimalist and modern with linear, rectangular pavers planted with grass joints. This softens up the hardscape, adding an element of color to offset the light-colored walls and paving.
A rooftop barbeque area and garden is shaded by a laser-cut metal screen, providing yet another secluded spot for family leisure. The paving pattern and planting in the lower garden is replicated in the terrace gardens, unifying the different levels.
The architecture of this traditional Arabic house design reflects the environmental, cultural and social values of the Islamic tradition while embracing modernity in its form and function.

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