This Farm was conceived as holistic response to desert inhabitation. We have a huge plot of 60000 square meters on an area where traditional farms were settled for date’s production.
We are used to designing on the traditional Kuwait urban layout, where cubic villas are spread on an orthogonal grid. This layout is set regardless the desert conditions. In this case we had the opportunity to build our own small sustainable city layout.
After studying the place we identified the predominant winds and climate. First thing we decided the best Landscape solution to retain dust from sand storms and to provide humidity on the dry winds so the houses would be located on safe and comfortable microclimate.
We located a vegetation barrier on the North East, with middle height trees and artificial lakes, so when the wind reaches the house, temperature and dust amount will be lowered.
As a private oasis, the house is surrounded by date’s farms, where Mediterranean fruit trees are mixed on the grid and running course for the family is hidden. The limits of the plot are built by greenhouses where hydroponic vegetable farms will be settled.
We found as the best sustainable strategy that the whole house should be embedded on the terrain, so the roof will be treated as semiarid landscape and only the sunken gardens, near the water table will be irrigated. The house is covered by a landscaped roof that provides sun and wind protection. Below this roof, facing to the private courtyards, family life is developed into separated but always linked activities, as a natural biological structure would do. Only Lo-tech towers emerge from the ground holding modern cooling and chilling units, combined to traditional air convection methods looking as a mound building termite nest.