This project is a residential compound containing five family villas, one reception villa (Majles) and a mosque. The site is located on a reclaimed land, with a low ecological value and deprived habitat that was once an ecologically rich and biodiverse mangrove forest.
Our main intervention was the creation of six ecological areas, each having a precise list flora that would be planted to attract specific fauna such as birds, pollinator and insects. Some of the Climate responsive architecture interventions were: designing building with , reduced glazing on the West and South-West facades, cooling strategies such as wind scoop, cross stack ventilation, and the creation of courtyards, green walls and green roofs, and evaporative cooling.
Our design approach of the project was to move from a reclaimed land to a multi-ecosystem habitat. The site is located on a reclaimed land, with a low ecological value and deprived habitat that used to be an ecologically rich and biodiverse mangrove forest.
Other than the absence of habitat, we were presented with 3 main environmental challenges: very high sun exposure on the southern and western side, prevailing winds from the north-east side, poor soil and sea water intrusion on site.
The main landscape solution that we presented is the creation of 6 ecological areas where each has a precise list flora that would be planted to attract specific fauna such as birds, pollinator and insects.
The ecological areas proposed are: Acacia Savannah Plains, Food Production, Oasis, Mangrove and Wetlands, Coastal Desert and Desert.
Some landscape interventions included:
Some of the Climate responsive architecture interventions are:
Some design decisions: