Client: Private Residence
Completion Date: 2012
Scope: Architectural Modifications, Interior Design, Landscape Design
Location: Sheikh Zayed City, Egypt

The owner of this private residence is a boat lover and builder of super yachts for clients around the world. His passion for boats and the outdoors was the main design inspiration and the concepts of openness, large spaces and transparency were the main design factors. An interesting challenge was converting the original twin townhouses that the client had acquired into one large residence. The proportions of the combined townhouses evoke the linear proportions and lines of a yacht and allowed for zoning that separates and defines public, private and service spaces.

The interiors are light and airy, with an open plan layout that merges the main reception space with the kitchen and dining areas. The use of transparent materials throughout the house give a sense of continuity to the space and maintains an airy flow to the house, with the main staircase acting as a transparent glass cage with glass walls and handrails, marble treads and wooden risers. The color scheme selected is monochrome: Tones of beiges and taupes to maximize the openness of the spaces. The downstairs fireplace wall is clad with rock-face trieste marble that continues to wrap around the exterior of the house, which is carefully designed to continue the flow from inside to out, with two-tone beige features done in paint and trieste rock-face marble cladding. To further reinforce the boat-like design elements, the main shading structures were designed as suspended steel canopies, while the landscaping features a linear swimming pool with a suspended teak wooden deck and wooden pergola