House 00 is a retreat, a sanctuary of the self, and an architectural response to shifting sociality in a post-Covid-19 world. Envisioned by Middle East Architecture Network (MEAN) as a prototype for living in isolation away from urban density, House 00 is an attempt at rebooting the basic conditions of domesticity, serenity, and intimacy. Sitting at the highest point in the United Arab Emirates, on the soaring peaks of Jebel Jais northeast of Ras-Al Khaimah, House 00 boasts a the critical balance of being simultaneously in nature yet out of reach.
Quality of air, breath-taking views and exceptional Dunite rock landscapes make Jebel Jais a perfect location for a unique house. On the inside, the 2000 sqm contemporary design borrows from traditional elements of local residential architecture, featuring all the amenities for a comfortable and healthy life, as well as the social and cultural necessities of the Emirati family. On the outside, the sculptural limestone and glass façade blends seamlessly into the surroundings, looking pristine yet man-made; monolithic yet architectonic at the same time.
The house is organized into two parts embracing an inner courtyard. Spaces are split between east and west wings based on their respective uses and expected visitors. The facade pattern continues upwards as a coffered slab hovering over the courtyard making for an in-house shaded oasis. A waterfall feature adds sound to the pleasant ambiance and marks the way to an infinity pool overlooking the mountains.
Absorbed amid lush greenery and ample landscape, the main entrance leads visitors into the west wing via a double-height reception hall that segues into the dining area overlooking the courtyard, a gentle warp away from the Women’s Majlis. Walking past the courtyard, the journey concludes with a double-height family living with a staircase leading to the family private suite with four bedrooms.
The first floor is slashed 45 degrees aligning with the mountain cliff to capture south-east views. Daylight is invited through large windows in the living room, and also through skylights on the roof allowing natural daylight to seep in while maintaining privacy. On the east wing, guest functions align by the pool. A study room, guest bedroom, and Male Majlis are almost formally separated from the rest of the house for added privacy.
A separate soft kitchen facing the pool and the view serves during poolside events and barbecue parties. As the pandemic malaise drags across the big city, House 00 offers more than life in solitude. It sets forth a unique experience for sharpening both the soul and the senses. MEAN* is presenting House 00 at ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ the exhibition for Downtown Design at Dubai Design Week 2020, from November 9 -14, Dubai Design District – Building 4 Lobby. Source by Middle East Architecture Network (MEAN).