Elie Saliba-Al Zahraa Multiple Residence

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Interview with Elie Saliba : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Elie Saliba : The main idea behind the project was the creation of an introverted residential compound for expats where bachelors and working families can coexist within the highly conformist values of KSA , and where privacy is the prime concern. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Elie Saliba : Reviving the concept of attached dwellings, typical of old Middle Eastern cities. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Elie Saliba : Working with more confidence on the development of the identity of residential architecture. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Elie Saliba : Three weeks. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Elie Saliba : Commissioned by the client .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Elie Saliba : The project will be built by the developer, which is the client. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Elie Saliba : We have been working for a while now on the development of the residential identity in the Middle East, .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Elie Saliba : The works of several architects have been inspirational throughout our journey to find this new identity. Among them, Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67, the village of Chefchaouen (Morocco), as well as most of the old Arabian cities. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Elie Saliba : Working families, expats and high ranking corporate officials. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Elie Saliba : We were able to attain a new identity, merging middle eastern heritage with contemporary architecture. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Elie Saliba : The name was set by the client, in regards to the region the project resides in. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Elie Saliba : Everything starts with layout sketching, perspective drawings on butter paper, then thoroughly translated into CAD drawings, and finally into 3D computer graphics, in order to visualize all aspects of the design. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Elie Saliba : Volumetric proportions and harmony within the materials used .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Elie Saliba : The design was all made in-house, after thorough discussions between the designers. For the technical aspects of the development, we opted to collaborate with Arabtec Jardaneh later on. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Elie Saliba : The main idea was to minimize the use of technology to the bare minimum, sticking to the most appropriate environmental impact and cost. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Elie Saliba : The research took two tolls, looking deep into the old rural Arabian architecture on one hand, and the contemporary use of large glazing and solids on the other hand. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Elie Saliba : Maintaining the privacy of all units within the compound itself as well as towards the urban street. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Elie Saliba : The large amount of effort put into the project, the final outcome which was satisfactory to the whole team internally as well as the praise we received from the client himself. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Elie Saliba : Working on a large scale residential development, while always aiming to create a multitude of a single module, thus cost efficient for construction, and that can be expressed differently, therefor avoid visual repetitiveness. .

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