ter passing the large infinity pool, the east side, where the gym is located, overlooks a large waterfall that visually connects the entrance level to the ground floor level, and a shallow pool that becomes part of the interior space reaching the central courtyard through the "floating lobby"
In order to have a privileged view of the sea, the access to the villa takes places from the first floor: the access road goes up, in fact, by about four meters from the property main gate level to the villa's entrance, so as to hide under artificial hills with extended roof gardens all service buildings: parking, technical rooms and staff accommodation. Only Few materials have been used: split face Tivoli Travertine and Teak wood for exterior and interior cladding; brushed Travertine slabs and American walnut parquet for floorings, Metal with bronze texture for columns and decorative fireplace.
We have taken into particular consideration the direction and the path of the sun during the year so that the buildings, despite being characterized by large glass surfaces, reduced energy consumption for summer air conditioning. This was achieved by appropriately orienting the large openings and shielding them with massive sliding sun blinds or through deep overhangs that could reduce solar overheating especially during the hottest hours of the day. All this in addition obviously to highly insulating wooden windows characterized by low-emissivity reflective double glazing with very low transmittance. Great attention was also paid to the thermal insulation of the building envelope using thick rock wool panels both on horizontal and vertical surfaces.
Gross Floor Area (mq)9000
Design teamAriel Aceveda, Nour Eddin Alsabbagh, Elie Makhlouf, Nada Haddad
SuppliersAlkayan, Berti, Sidel, Settipani marmi, Al Sarraj, Artemide, Flos, Antonio Lupi, Toscoquattro
Photo CreditsMohammed Abdulkarrem
Curriculum studio / partecipanteUDG (Urban Design Group) is an interior design and architecture firm with expertise in high end residential, commercial, retail, and beauty projects. Based in Jeddah, UDG was established in 2008 by Omar and Veronica Abudawood with a team composed by International Designers from a range of diverse cultural backgrounds.
Vincenzo Provenzano has joined UDG team at the end of 2010 as Chief Architect. After his studies as a classical pianist, he studied Architecture at University of Palermo. Following an initial training with local practices, he went on to specialize in sustainability and environmentally compatible architecture in Florence and Milan. In KSA he continues his professional path driven by passion for innovation and a personal approach to the architectural practice.
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