The proposed design of a private residence in Kuwait City.
Traditionally in Kuwait, multiple generations live together under the same roof—as the son’s family continues to live in the parents’ home, and the daughter’s family moves in with the in-laws. Within the home, men have spaces known as majlis, or places of sitting, where women are not permitted, and the activities of the rest of the home are not on view.
Structurally, the plan for this three-story residence includes three separate entrances: the first on street level, the second above ground level, and the third below ground. The street level entrance is reserved for the majlis, and the the main entrance is located one meter above street level. The third entrance below ground is designated for larger events, where guests gradually descend into the basement that has natural light permeating from above.
On the property line, a three meter wall is permitted. The space between the wall and the house has a slit, allowing light to flow into the lower level. On the West side, the wall is used as one side of the pool, and on the North side, the wall is used as a corridor to frame the garden and dining area. The slit also creates views by cantilevering the upper levels and extending the terrace. This strategy allows for a disconnection from the street below, creating an interiorized feeling in an otherwise urban environment.