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Fractal Cloud
Mountain Villa

Project status: preliminary design
Client: WSA
Team: smo architektur
Location: al-Ain, UAE
Area: 700 m2
Costs: 2100000.00 €

Uphill mountain villa
Large type

The design bases an the dialogue of Arabian culture and architecture with modern Language. We have discussed these aspects to a result, that gives consideration even to the specific climatic conditions. The most important theme in Arabian architecture is the arrangement of public, semi-public, semi-private and private areas. A big wish for privacy
traditionally results in closing the building to the public. Merely a wall is presented to the neighbourhood.
Our aim was to give the building an outside view without disturbing privacy inside.

Fractal cloud is the metaphor for the design of mountain villa. The building deals with Arabian architecture and the affection for geometrie. The steep slopes and craggy landscape of the Jebel Hafeet is a difficult terrain for gardens. As shady gardens traditionally belong to Arabian architecture, we have developed the necessary possibility.
By layering the areas we divide the public from private and create an architecture above,
an top and inside the mountain. The public and representative layer hovers, giving shadow
to gardens and yards. Underneath, the private area is coolly embedded in the rock. The three layers are connected by elevator and spiral staircase with panoramic views.
Two bridges allow a overwhelming and controllable access to the house and they replace
the traditional walls. The proposed structure (system) admit maximum variation in size
always retaining its special character.