Kuwait has extreme temperatures, with dazzlingly hot and humid summer weather but also chilling winters with cold winds blowing in from the north. One family was looking to make a home that was suitable for these different times of the year, and not only that but a space that is even adaptable to the time of the day. The final home is a fascinating design with an imaginative way of interlinking different levels of the home, and three separate gardens. This is the Three Gardens House.
Focusing on the main design concept of circulating both horizontally and vertically, there is a mixing of spaces. Areas are fluid and connect only for the family, and other spaces that are for guests. The passages and routes around the home move through indoor corridors and outdoor courtyards with labyrinthine intrigue.
There are three gardens spread over the different levels, what is fascinating to see is the way that these visual connections can be seen from the internal courtyard. Windows and open areas let light through, while the white ceramic tiles reflect the light and help illuminate the rooms naturally.
Here’s an example of the way the rooms pass by one another, with hints at the many levels and connection points. You can see a separate area and set of stairs but only those close to the family know all the routes.
Especially designed for large groups, the space is perfect for entertaining.
On the street level floor, there is a Wet Garden, with plenty of plants and communal social outdoor spaces. There is a pool, fountains and spaces that keep the area feeling cool and refreshed.
As mentioned, a key feature of the Three Gardens house is the internal circulation, with the inside terrace allowing for a breeze to pass through and keep the house cool. You can see from this angle how the curves and angles allow for this.
Connected with pathways and passageways, it’s interesting to walk through the house and gaze from difference perspectives.
The top roof garden is shielded with an aluminium mesh, that works for privacy and to create shade from the sunlight.
While the exterior uses solid walls and shapes to maintain privacy from the outside world, the inside walls feature many windows to glean the maximum use of light. The Summer Garden is a relaxing area at the core of the house. It is a courtyard where everybody can gather and get together, among the lush collection of plants.
It’s a dream space for this family, who are able to enjoy different parts of the house all year round.
Like Hogwarts Castle, the twisting turning connectivity of indoor to outdoor space makes Three Gardens an exciting and gorgeous place to live. From the Summer Gardens promising quiet contemplation, to the Winter Garden with circulating wind, it’s a beautiful home that withstands against the extremity of Kuwaiti weather.
If you’re interested in seeing more houses that balance summer comfort with winter weather, check out this Italian home on an olive growing estate in Puglia.
Project: Three Gardens House
Design: AGi Architects
Photos: Fernando Guerra