Its shell encloses a series of inwardly facing living spaces. AGi Architects, which has offices in Madrid and Kuwait, designed the Rock House as a single-family home to be eye-catching but entirely private.
"The concept stems from a controversial duality imposed by the client's need for complete privacy as well as the desire for distinguishing the house as an iconic building within the neighbourhood," AGi Architects explained.
쿠웨이트의 한 개인주택은 돌로 만들어진 콘크리트 조개같은 모습을 하고 있다. 일종의 껍질과 같은 겉모습 아래는 생활공간이 있는데, 이 곳은 완전히 사적인 단독주택이기도 하다. 고객의 완전한 프라이버시를 제공하는 쿠웨이트 조개 컨셉의 주택을 소개한다.
The building occupies a prominent corner site in the residential district of Abdulla Al Salem and its unusual sculptural form, reminiscent of origami, provides a distinctive landmark in the streetscape.
The client's need for privacy informed the house's predominantly solid outer form. The few openings incorporated into the facades are angled to prevent views and direct sunlight reaching the interior.
Reflective metal screens featuring irregularly arranged triangular perforations provide an additional layer of protection, as well as accentuating the angular forms of the various recessed openings.
The house's structure is composed of reinforced concrete wrapped in stone panels that extend across the walls and roof. The use of a single material results in a robust and monolithic presence.
The building's outer shell is formed of faceted surfaces, described by the studio as "similar to folded origami". A courtyard at the centre is also enclosed by angular walls and ceilings that spiral upwards to connect with the upper floor.
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