The main concept of the house emerged from the topography of the site, the orientation towards the primary views and the functional intention to organize the house into two clusters, one for private use and another for entertaining friends, linked with a circulation wall/gallery axis that ultimately became the cementing feature that triggered aesthetics beyond the utilitarian. The pool deck and landscaping concept are intrinsic part of the design as their features physically intertwine with the built structure and exchange dialogue.
The view of the house from the main street on Eastern side consists of the two linked masses poised in somewhat defensive and austere expression offering the owners privacy. The blank façades of this side of the house, which is what the public sees, reveal extremely little of what lies beyond. From the opposite direction, however, the facades completely open up interweaving inside and outside, and providing expansive views of the rolling hills dotted with oak trees that the site overlooks.
The weight of the masses is especially apparent when the frontal mass is freed by a recessed corner window, thus revealing the considerable thickness of the exterior walls of the house. Suggestive Push and Pull Forms are balanced through monolithic forward imposing elements and between withdrawn reclusive ones creating deep shadows and deep expansive processional approach space.
Introducing the concept of Wall-ness, the heavy thick vertical wall is created to serve four functions through its definitive verticality.
It behaves as a Visual Plinth, vividly anchoring the masses to site and expressing identity. The wall is also the Narrative Element, guiding users as an organizing element from street, deep through the house and back out to landscape capturing, along the way, both incidental elements as well as deep expansive forced perspectives. The wall further behaves as a living gallery displaying real art and framing both landscape cross views & garden installations through permeable interruptions. And finally, its wall-ness is a backdrop to shadows acting as a canvas capturing spirits of clouds, trees and people along its expanse.
The spaces of the house flow freely, both horizontally and vertically, emphasizing views to the outside and offering an engaging panning experience. Waterscape is pushed into the house between primary functions staging the landscape element center-stage in the heart of the house and emphasizing the connection of the building to the landscape element.
Through a Minimal and homogeneous Material color pallet, visual comfort and serenity is achieved. Rustic earth colors were selected to tone down all exterior surfaces and in order to reduce unnecessary visual noise.
Location: Amman, Jordan
Client: Mr. Ma’rouf Abu Samra
Land Area: 4,500 sq.m
Built-up Area: 1,300 sq.m
Project year: 2005