Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Secret House in Shuwaikh, Kuwait by AGi architects
November 29th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AGi architects
The owners of this land located in Shuwaikh, to the northeast Kuwait City , are a young couple and their three children, who have a close relationship with European and American culture.
Aware of the potential of a site located in a prime location overlooking the “skyline” of the city and concerned about the limitations of his former residence, decided to build another house that would improve their life quality, placing it on the same site as the old.
Main client’s needs
Therefore, Secret House is posed to solve these customer needs, enhancing the intimacy and the idea of internal transparency.
AGI architects devised, therefore, a house that looked inwards and that only by achieving the highest levels, it turned as a viewpoint to the “skyline” of the city. The challenge of AGI architects has been to devise a home-garden, intimate and introspective, focusing on life inside the outside.
On the ground floor there is a garden, pool and all areas where most public activities take place.
On the first floor it has been developed more intimate spaces / private home. Here are the three rooms, located according to its size and privacy, alternates with areas of daily family living. The master bedroom has a superb location enjoying views from the main facade. The children’s rooms are raised above the garden, where each unit is shown on the other respecting certain independence to preserve the family unity.
As a meeting space between different rooms, there is a lounge, which extends outward to a private and secluded backyard, protected from views from the central garden. From this level, and by a staircase facing the courtyard, you reach the second floor, where the most exclusive areas of the house are placed. Gym / massage, lounge, and large covered terrace that opens onto the main facade. The panoramic terrace is located on the roof and allows a closer relationship with the city and the sea, where enjoying a splendid view of the skyline from a private and quiet.
Given these circumstances, Secret House focused as a home to express its own needs, clearly marking the succession of filters, these codes could be understood by guests or any passerby. There are obligatory courses, hidden and exposed areas, and all is expressed by itself, without any other sign than the architecture itself.
Physical filters can be seen in different degrees to prevent the passage or views, until the grand opening of the upper terrace is shown where you can see through the entire house. From the inside, the filters become the volumes that open onto the guest, the rooms that spill from a dominant height, volumes above the visitor creates invisible barriers.
In search of understanding between the Islamic culture of the family and the Western lifestyle, has worked overlapping concepts and the relevance of the major pieces in the facade, privacy and sun protection.
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