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.
RESIDENTIAL NASIMA in Rawda, Kuwait by STUDIO MADOUH
April 6th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: STUDIO MADOUH
RESIDENTIAL NASIMA aims to question the essential realization of an ever modernizing and homogenizing surrounding urban context. As Kuwait City moves towards drastic and rapid modernization, the architectural values that should protect the culture, traditions of the city, and the individual are starting to disintegrate. To instigate the debate of preserving culture while allowing progress, RESIDENTIAL NASIMA as part of a whole exemplifies a development that blends into the city fabric. The part takes inspiration from the historical, natural landscape and urban clusters, while providing a provoking contemporary design and controlled solutions in contrast to it.
RESIDENTIAL NASIMA sets out to question two typical archetypes seen throughout Kuwait City and the region – standard, rectilinear, symmetrical city plot dimensions, and the abundant use of native stone and white concrete. The design works backwards from the basic volume of the zoning envelope – essentially the cube. Then the monolithic volume is brutally chiseled through a series of cuts informing internal use, sun shading, and access.
The final design encompasses over 6000 square meters of built area and provides for eight unique residential units. The forceful exterior voids are cut into the building envelope, celebrating a reading of interior program and shading as well as allowing natural light. Individual housing units are in filled into the larger site massing, allowing a medium between privacy and open public views.
SM is an Architecture and Design intensive studio. The studio approaches each individual project as a new question, redefining convention to seek the best possible solution. Through the working process, SM translates the core of a design problem, along with crucial client involvement and critical consultant input, into the realization of architectural, interior, decor, and product design projects, as well as, speculative research proposals. The team provides the highest quality design and technical expertise, while pushing aesthetic boundaries and developing innovative pragmatic solutions.
NASER MADOUH is the Director and Founder of STUDIO MADOUH. NM oversees and leads the design and technical development of all projects at STUDIO MADOUH. NM was born in Kuwait City, Kuwait and has lived in Europe and the United States. NM began his career working with a number of world renowned architectural firms, including Studio Daniel Libeskind in New York. He has been involved in various award winning projects in the United States, Asia, and Europe. NM’s work has been recognized by elite international publications and has participated in key symposiums, exhibitions, as well as displayed work across the globe, including the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy, Settimo Tokyo Advanced Architecture Biennale, and the International Event Beyond Media. NM received his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute, NEW YORK 2007, and his Master of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, NEW YORK 2009. He has held teaching fellowships at Pratt Institute and has co-taught design studios at Kuwait University. NM is a member of Kuwait Society of Engineers and was a founding partner at studio MADOUHBEK, New York – Kuwait.
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