A “breathing house” project that utilizes natural ventilation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was one of three recipients of Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes.Africa Middle East sustainable construction projects receive prizes in regional Holcim Awards » pour en savoir plus (French) »
Deserving special merit, the project demonstrates an environmentally responsive design that is informed by traditional Islamic architectural principles. Successful is the maintenance of cultural continuity while at the same time achieving a contemporary tectonic expression.
Equally noteworthy is the prototypical approach (rather than site-specific) toward transforming inherited typologies while still remaining sensitive to the values of local culture. Another key achievement of this work is its clear lesson in the translation of traditional architecture to modern form and materials and avoiding a conventional tendency of imposing frozen, stylistic elements.
The project provides high potential for transferability and adaptation to a variety of sites and contexts within the Islamic world. Both the size as well as the selection of materials and construction technology makes the design appropriate for environmental demands as well as customary privacy hierarchies.
Strategies for climatic response also derive their principles from the traditional architecture of hot-arid regions and yet, serve to further enhance them based on the application of new technologies. The work shows an accomplished degree of skill in creating fluid transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces.See more
This entry from Saudi Arabia deserves special merit for demonstrating how environmentally responsive design can incorporate traditional Islamic architectural principles. The team is successful in maintaining cultural continuity while at the same time delivering a contemporary tectonic expression to the work. Equally noteworthy in this respect is the effort to transform inherited typologies and still remain sensitive to local cultural values.
Consequently, the project provides valuable lessons on sustainable construction that can be adapted to a variety of sites and contexts within the Islamic world. The scale as well as the selection of materials is commended. The strategies for climatic control are derived from traditional methods, yet serve to further enhance the performance of the new technologies deployed. The proposal is skillful in creating fluid transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces, taking full advantage of the small site.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.25 MB) »See more
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