Residence in Amman


This large residence straddles the crest of a wooded hillside enjoying magnificent views in all directions. The local limestone contrasts with the timber pergolas, musharabiyas, iwans and kiosks used traditionally for the passive control of light, temperature and humidity. Much of the detailing has its origin in local architecture and it is highly disciplined and in contrast to the smooth stone surfaces of the cubic volumes of the palace. Ultimately the effect of the architecture is calm simplicity.