Kuwaiti and Portuguese architecture firm Associated Architects Partnership (AAP) has designed a terrace of five minimalist houses overlooking the canal at the Khiran Resort development in southern Kuwait’s Sabah Alahmed Alsabah Maritime City.
The clean-lined Areia Houses, which are differentiated by poolside terraces and swimming pools, are built along a section of the 200km of canals that have been developed to expand the length of available shoreline, bringing the sea into the desert.
Arranged in a row, the five homes consist of a series of simple white boxes that combine to form a coherent terrace.
“From an early stage, the idea was to develop a sense of unity, using the same architectural language of simple plane geometry, as well as the same basic concept and programmatic organisation,” the architects explained in a statement, “resulting in a contemporary image of continuity and proportion, where slight harmonious variations guarantee complexity and diversity to this set of houses.”
They added, “The program involves an interpretation of the Kuwaiti way of life and its needs, relating the main daily living areas with the beach, exterior patios, gardens and pool areas.”
While the main living spaces are on the ground floor open to the outdoors, the upper storeys accommodate the bedrooms bordered by walls that are perforated to allow light to enter and provide views while maintaining privacy.
“The simple and neutral approach, tries to restore use, functions and habitability on a basic, shade and courtyards design options in a natural contradiction with what at this point is the development of this city,” the architects said, “where the architectural anarchy of the different residential designs, the lack of criteria in color, dimensions, form, textures and construction options create a complex, heterogeneous image of a place that is yet to be defined.”