Located less than 500 meters from the Dilmun Burial Mounds (World Heritage Site), built between 2200 and 1750 BCE, this villa is designed to celebrate life. Creating unique open spaces and capturing natural light and greenery are the main aspirations of the design of this villa. An Olive tree in the heart of the house surrounded by a semi-open staircase to resemble life as the core of the house.
The textures and color palette are limited to neutral colors and natural textures. Hard wood has a strong presence in the house. In fact, the main door of the villa is made of oak wood with a bespoke door handle casted on locally harvested tree branches.
The design focuses a lot on natural light. One of the main challenges in Bahrain is the harsh climate and the severe impact of the direct sunlight. Consequently, the pool and windows are situated on the northern side of the house. This resulted in an abundance of indirect sunlight whilst maximizing views for all main spaces. In addition, privacy is an important measure to the client. It was challenging to have a lot of glass while maintaining privacy. To achieve that, we created mini gardens that extend to indoor spaces. This achieves brightness, views, and privacy.
Given the irregular shape of the land, and the local building code restrictions, the design is carefully crafted to take advantage of the irregularities of the land shape. To maintain regular shapes in interior spaces, the angled edges of the plot boundary are used for the balconies and outdoor spaces.
The landscape of the villa is designed carefully to keep the color palette as natural as possible. The hardscape is selected cautiously based on research to achieve the perfect shade of stunning blue in the pool’s water. The softscape is designed following the sunlight angles of the villa and each species is planted where it can grow and thrive, because nature is the core principle of the house.