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MEAN* : 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.


▼通透的起居厅 A transparent living room



00号屋坐落在哈伊马角(Ras-Al Khaimah)东北处的哈伊斯(Jebel Jais)山巅之上,这是阿联酋的最高点,该建筑保有一种既在自然中但又超然世外的平衡感。优质的空气、叹为观止的景色以及优越的纯橄榄岩景观,使哈伊斯山成为这个独特房屋的最佳选址点。

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.


▼项目视频 Video



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.


▼主入口 Main entrance




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.


▼建筑模型,二楼与山崖形成45度角 Model – The first floor is slashed 45 degrees aligning with the mountain cliff


▼入口室内 Main entrance interior




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.


▼轴侧图 Axon diagram



▼各层平面图 Floor plan

▼立面 Elevation


▼模型 Model



主创设计师:Riyad Joucka
团队成员:Wael Nasrallah, Amro Mansy, Yasmeen Atoum

Type: Residential
Size: 2000 sqm
Location: jebel jais, ras al-khaimah, UAE
Status: Schematic design
Lead Architect: Riyad Joucka
Team: Wael Nasrallah, Amro Mansy, Yasmeen Atoum
Date: 2020


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