Architect firm Loci completes a residential project for Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah
Located on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Island, a new private villa by award-winning architecture practice Loci stands as an example of modern local architecture.
According to Hamad Khoory, architect and partner at Loci, Palm Jumeirah provides a complicated context for architects due to the variety of architecture styles that can be found within the immediate context.
“Our inspiration was to be rational, modernist and functional, and to maintain the principles of regional vernacular architecture in a timeless and modern manner,” Khoory said.
He added, “To modernise local architecture, we first need to understand what the major underlying traditional principles embedded in the regional vernacular architecture and planning are – social and environmental principles. These principles can then be translated into a modern context, [including] form and material, without having to copy past traditional architectural symbols, icons and motifs.”
The Palm villa includes a number of features that maturely reflect the design team’s intentions. Its road-facing elevation, for example, as well as the elevation facing the neighbours, is solid and screened. It’s also where most of the service spaces are located, while all bedrooms and living rooms face the sea. This helps create a privacy buffer from the road and reduces the sun exposure on the south side, where the sun’s effects are most felt. The north elevation, which faces the sea, opens up with large minimal framed openings, which allows maximum light into the interior.
Large open terraces cascade on each level, and they house large planters that feature local vegetation, rock gardens and water features. According to Khoory, these spaces are used for entertainment.
The villa’s main materials include natural lime plaster, stone cladding, anodised aluminium metal screens and natural wood decking, among others.
“The 500mm-thick walls, internal courtyard space, privacy strategies, composition of volumes – all have roots in traditional regional architecture,” Khoory said.
“These embedded principles are sometimes not clearly identifiable visually, but once understood and experienced from within, [they] can closely relate back to traditional architecture of the region, while respecting time and context.”