Luxury villa on the outskirts of Riyadh

The client asked JaK Studio to design a luxury villa outside of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Being a part of a new housing development, the location is set in a secluded desert valley surrounded by cliffs. A very specific design brief, with many luxury amenities, included a separate guest house, domestic help accommodation and a pool pavilion.

The inspiration of the aesthetic appearance of the villa is the Desert Flower. Each pavilions shape is reminiscent of a flower with petals that is sitting on a body of water, an oasis in the middle of the desert. Pavilions are connected with a large glass atrium that spans two floors and is the main house communication. The guesthouse follows the same design pattern, with three different pavilions, giving it sculptural appearance at the entrance of the complex.

 

The first challenge that arose is from the narrow nature of the plot and its position regarding the main road. The main villa and the guest house sit on a gently sloping terrain. The access driveway cuts through the cliffs to slowly reveal the house behind it. The ground floor is half-buried in the cliff and houses large entrance foyer, servants accommodation and underground parking. Main house room are located upstairs and are split by groups each in its own pavilion. Family Majilis and living room areas are overlooking the outside pool and have direct access to it. Large sliding folding doors allow the space to be fully open, thus blurring the line between indoor and outdoor space.

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Project:

Desert Flower

Client:
Private Client
Budget
Unsisclosed
Status:
Feasibility
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