Compound – 67 Units
This 67-unit all male-housing compound is in Al-kobar, Saudi Arabia. The scheme allowed me to maximize the allowable density, which includes 2 levels of underground parking, restaurant, gym and roof garden with swimming pool.
Local women can only socialize with the male residences at the restaurant. As a women architect, I was not permitted to personally see the site nor will I be overseeing the construction phase. Communication is only through the Internet.
My understanding was that the individuals would like privacy from the exterior surroundings which eliminated elements such as balconies (an introverted concept). As a result the restaurant and interior courtyard space was created for social gatherings and meetings. A circulation corridor landscaped with gardens, green walls and waterfalls is to provoke peace and contentment.