The site can be accessed from either side of the surrounding streets to allow for both a private and a public entrance. After moving along a curved wall that guides the visitor from the exterior of the plot into the center, one reaches the main entrance into the house. Upon entering through the main door frame, the space opens up to reveal the swimming pool and the public living areas of the house.
The form of the residence is reminiscent of the movement patterns of a mop, from which flexible volumes are organized diagonally around a central axis. This axis twists upwards to generate spaces that are channeling the vision in different directions: the front side of the house, side gardens and angles of the back street.
The circulation surrounding the patio on the first floor contrives of a succession of living spaces, which not only communicate to one another, but also relate visually the interior of the patio to the exterior. The first floor overhangs to shade the rooms on the ground floor, and the patio is designed to define a break in between the volumes of the house, which subtly reveals a side garden.
The residence was originally planned to house one family with two small children, however in the future it could be divided into two units. The structure of the house and the distribution of the circulation, as well as the positioning of the entrances and lift allows for guaranteed privacy between parents and children in the prospective future.
+ Project facts
Project: Mop House
Type: Housing | 1300 sqm
Location: Kuwait, Spain
Cost: 1,2 Million €
Photographer: Nelson Garrido
Design Team: Joaquin Pérez-Goicoechea, Nasser B. Abulhasan
Architectural team: Gwenola Kergall, Georg Thesing, Lucía Sánchez Salmón, María Eugenia Díaz, Germana De Donno, José Ángel del Campo, Daniel Muñoz Medranda, Nicolás Martín
Engineers: Babu Ibrahim, Abdul Hafiz Mohammed
Drawing: Robert Varguese, Naseeba Shaji
Interior Design: AGi architects & Gunni & Trentino | http://www.agi-architects.com/
+ About AGi architects
The Spanish-Kuwaiti architect studio AGi architects was founded in 2006 by the young architects educated at Harvard University, Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea and Nasser B. Abulhasan. Salvador Cejudo started to collaborate with AGi in 2007 and became a design partner in 2009.
With a noticeable international character and a multidisciplinary focus, AGi architects offer a professional service emphasizing in quality, creativity and exclusive design, with a vision to create environments contributing to a lasting value for clients through distinctive and imaginative solutions. At present, the studio has offices in Kuwait and Madrid, comprising of a team of 30 professionals.
The studio’s architecture is based on four founding pillars: innovation, an existential component, ecological and social vocation, and research. AGi architects provide comprehensive services in architecture, urban planning and design, interior design, research, consultancy and complementary services.
Among the latest acknowledgements for AGi architects are World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2011 award, in the Future Projects – Residential Category for the project of Wafra Living residential complex, as well as Cityscape Architecture in Emerging Markets 2011 prize, in the Residential Built Category for the single family house project, Secret House. The firm has also received three prizes in the Arabian Residential Property Awards 2011: Award for Best Architecture 5 stars for Secret House, in the Single Residence Architecture category; Award for Best Architecture 5 stars for the Wafra Living residential complex, under the Multiple Residence Architecture category; and Highly commended for Wind Tower, in the High Rise Architecture category. In 2010, AGi architects gained its first WAF award, in Future Projects-Health Category for their elaborate proposal of the Kuwait Children’s Hospital. Furthermore, the studio received an Honorary Mention awarded at the European Commercial Property Awards 2010 in the Leisure Category for their proposal for the Marinha Grande Swimming Pool Complex in Portugal, as well as First Prize in the Arabian Residential Property Awards 2010 in the Best Architecture–Multiple Living Space Category for the Black & White residential complex. In addition, the studio also received four Honorary Mentions in the Cityscape 2010 Awards for Black & White, Star House, Kuwait Children’s Hospital and the Haj House Complex.