Z. Khayyat House


The site is a rectangular plot cultivated with olive trees. It is located to the north of Amman, in a rural setting near the town of Mahis. The project reinterprets the vernacular single-bay, typical Jordanian rural house in a manner that corresponds to the site’s hilly terrain and air flows. The commonplace rural house typology is reinvestigated in terms of the rapport between the object and topography. The natural undulations of the surrounding topography are projected onto the form, transforming the object’s vertical and horizontal surfaces, and altering their conventional hierarchical relationships. The house is therefore conceived as an extension of the natural landscape. Moreover, its shape funnels the prevailing cool western winds through its internal spaces.

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