UAE is a modern and dynamic country and although influenced by the Western architecture, it preserves and restores its traditional values in an original, sumptuous style.
A courtyard house is one of the first choice when it comes about family in UAE.
Among beautiful and sumptuous houses touched by a contemporary design, we see how courtyard houses rise again in the exotic United Arabian Emirates. Traditional gardens and courtyard houses restore the genuine feel of this magic place and are being brought into contemporary era therefore advantaged by nowadays architecture materials and techniques.
Although we’ve seen modern, sci-fi trends getting hold of the region, for the past years, we think that the Arabians never forgotten their cultural values, which in a way or another reflected themselves in the new UAE architecture.
Courtyard houses feature thick external walls and rooms orientated towards an uncovered central area – the garden – arranged on several floors. The courtyard is often provided with a fountain as we’ve seen at Dubai Garden Center, that creates a proper micro-climate. Deciduous trees but also tropical plants are a common choice for the people in this region which also help creating a welcoming and healthy environment.
This type of architecture is thought of protecting the intimate space of the owners while ensuring appropriate ventilation to entire domestic dwelling. Still, as you’ve probably noticed, modern architectures tend to reinterpret the courtyard and turn it into an open space for kids to play and other members of the family to spend some quality time together. Lush gardens are often touched with a more structural and geometrical style, letting auxiliary buildings like cooking facilities slip into the landscape.
UAE is a modern and dynamic country and although influenced by the Western architecture, it preserves and restores its traditional values in an original, sumptuous style. We can see a perfect balance between traditional and modern styles at some recent residential and commercial dwellings designed by Jadis Interiors and spectacular GAJ Architects.
Another beautiful example of modern, beautiful courtyard is the one we’ve admired at Hattan villa – The Lakes, Emirates Hills – with tastefully designed indoor and outdoor areas and beautiful finishes such as over-sized windows facing the courtyard.
Modern houses in this area are filled with luxurious touches such as onyx-paneled bathrooms and cutting-edge technology. In this precious assembly, the courtyard garden provides a grounding element, that remind the owners of the villas to reflect on the beauty of the environment – a healing meditation also well received in the Western countries.
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