Amwaj Villa

Amwaj Villa

The three storey family residence of 721m2 is situated on a square plot with south-eastern orientation on the Amwaj Islands, an upmarket location comprising of artificial islands, on the north-eastern side of Bahrain, facing the Persian Gulf.

The residence is open to the northwest, maintaining a small residential scale with simple lines so that the three storeys would not be a visual disruption. Orthogonal protruding volumes are interspersed with careful details of reclaimed timber with walnut veneer, such as the double height main door, the sliding gate to the parking space and the shading louvres on vertical openings of communal spaces on the façade.

The building structure is concrete painted in shades of white and grey, with partial cladding in grey limestone on the fencing that protects the internal court.

To the right and left of the residence’s main entrance, mini pockets of green with palm trees and indigenous plants and shallow rectangular ponds offer much needed relief from the hot local climate.

A linear staircase and an elevator connect the three levels. Above the entrance hall is a skylight. On the left, one step below, the formal sitting room opens up to a deck with a secluded WC. One step up to the right, a large dining area ends up as a kitchen. The lounge two steps up opens up to a green lawn facing northwest. At ground level there are also a wet kitchen, a gym with its own WC, two en-suite staff bedrooms and auxiliary spaces.

The first floor contains two large en-suite children’s bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes and an industrial style communal sitting room with a balcony. The second floor houses the master suite with a luxurious semi-open bathroom, a walk-in wardrobe and a private sitting room – home cinema.

Interior surfaces are dominated by the colour white with sections of grey and silver travertine, as well as especially selected black and white wallpaper and slate wall claddings that add character. Floors are in Greek marble throughout.

Photos by:

Riyaz Quraishi 
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