A room with three views

Saturday 06 Oct 2007

A private residence in Giza overlooking the three famous pyramids

This concrete, steel and glass villa located on a hill overlooking the three grand pyramids of Giza plateau, Egypt. The design model of this house is organised into two interweaving volumes, connecting in different points that become shared spaces. Formally, the spatial interplay of the interior creates four loosely defined quadrants of the house: the formal living space for social events located on the upper floor to secure a decent vista for such an incredible view; the indoor pool and related activities underneath, the family room kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor to have a better connectivity with the garden, and finally the three bedrooms on the upper floor. The volumes, one clinging to the ground facing the surrounding palm tree groves and the other detaching itself from the ground towards a better view of the pyramids while leaving room underneath for a covered terrace space and indoor pool. A ramp connects the entrance lobby to the formal living space on the second floor. The bathroom, kitchen and family room are clustered in the right wing (horizontal axis) of the house on the ground floor, leaving the indoor pool and related activities on the left part (vertical axis) of the house. The site is in Giza overlooking the Giza plateau of the three famous pyramids.

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