AL SURRA KUWAIT
SIDE ANGLE HOUSE,AL SURRA.
11 / 05 / 2017
Located in a quiet neighbourhood in Al Surra , Kuwait , this house has an impressive height of 17 meters, and horizontal lines that emphasize it. The house is fenceless , which is uncommon for the residential building in the region.
The only open view for the house is at the street level, with neighbours at the three remaining sides. This provides a sense of security and privacy from the outside world. The driveway can accommodate four cars, so residents can easily park their vehicles.
GMI Studio team strive to make the main entrance is covered with limestone that contrasts with the exterior off-white color. The entrance is recessed proportionally by a rectangular prism, to further balance the proportions between the entrance and structure. A single piece of curtain wall glass is sheeted from the inside of the entrance but appears split from the exterior by the cubic placarded stone designs.
Within the 2nd and 3rd floors, half of each apartment receives light naturally through an impressive garden skylight and not through the contemporary windows. The residents also have an adjoining corridor, as well as access to a private elevator, so as to not disturb the household.
The Jerusalem-sourced limestone exudes a deep feeling of calm. The overall impression is luxurious, contemporary. We intentionally excluded any excessive design elements that would draw attention away from the clean, memorable clarity of the residence.