Location  Riyadh, KSA
Category  Residential
Accent DG  Architectural design
Lead Architect  Elie Abs
Project Team  Mira Alassaad, Aline Fadous, Jad Fenergi, Charbel Karam, Luana Mahfouz, Petia Ratzov, Bassil Taleb
ADG Interiors  Interior design
Area  15, 200 sqm
Materials  Paint

Al Hitteen Compound

The concept behind this project was the creation of an introverted building, disconnected from the outside surroundings. Stepping platforms were integrated into the design to compensate for building height regulations. The service areas (kitchens and bathrooms) are positioned on the street side of the apartments, while the bedrooms and living areas open toward the landscaped, internal courtyard. The garden, which extends to the roof area, is accessible from the ground floor.

The composition of the space is typified by playful, box-shaped protrusions. On the street side façade, these create a volumetric tableau. On the internal façade, they provide solutions for privacy, shade, and a number of personal outdoor spaces.

The 63 units begin on the ground floor and have three variations (1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms, and villa). A gymnasium, playroom, shop, and multi-purpose room are located on the basement level. These have access to daylight through an integrated courtyard. The bright paint used on the façade unobtrusively merges the building with its light coloured surroundings.