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VSHD Design creates residential villa in Dubai highlighting shift in approach towards luxury in the Middle East

VSHD Design creates residential villa in Dubai highlighting shift in approach towards luxury in the Middle East

A recently-completed villa by the award-winning boutique practice shows luxury architecture in the region in a new light

VSHD Design, Rania M Hamed, Residential interiors, Middle East Residential Design, Luxury residential design

Eschewing gilded luxury for spatial opulence driven by an architectural narrative, the project by Dubai-based practice, VSHD Design,  is located in one of Dubai’s busiest residential neighbourhoods.  Called the Burj Residence, it is surrounded by many low-rise houses.

VSHD RESIDENTIAL VILLA BURJ RESIDENCE

VSHD RESIDENTIAL VILLA BURJ RESIDENCEThe client requested for a design that ensures the highest level of privacy and allows for the construction of a 1,600m2 house on a relatively compact plot. He also requested for a certain level of grandeur with plenty of natural light.

VSHD RESIDENTIAL VILLA BURJ RESIDENCE

VSHD Design, an award-winning firm founded by Rania M Hamed, stood up to the challenge by creating an L-Shaped house that looks into the inside of the plot where the family can enjoy the pool and the lush garden area while maintaining their privacy.

VSHD RESIDENTIAL VILLA BURJ RESIDENCE

VSHD RESIDENTIAL VILLA BURJ RESIDENCE

The entry experience starts at the boundary wall optimising the plot size, which overlooks a major Dubai architectural icon. A timber overhang has been used to complete the geometry of the “L” and to provide privacy to the internal corridor from the street side.

VSHD RESIDENTIAL VILLA BURJ RESIDENCE

VSHD RESIDENTIAL VILLA BURJ RESIDENCE

One of the biggest challenges was to redefine grandeur, especially in a region where luxury is still widely perceived to be synonymous with gold and glitter. "We wanted to create a mood of grandeur -- a magnificent space minus all the usual glitter," says Hamed. "We imagined a space that one would normally experience in museums and grand galleries."

This kind of grandiosity could only be achieved through mastering proportions, the use of natural materials and ample natural light.

VSHD RESIDENTIAL VILLA BURJ RESIDENCE

Accordingly, scale was key in the project where all the openings were fitted with full-length doors and windows that reach the ceiling level, giving all these objects a powerful presence and allowing for natural light to stream in.

VSHD RESIDENTIAL VILLA BURJ RESIDENCE

The internal "L" outline is transparent with large spans of sliding glass doors. The large glass panels have a slim linear profile creating a seamless boundary between the outdoors and the indoors. This opens up the boxy-structure of the house to a view of the pool and garden, and creates a visual link between all the living spaces.

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