Home Decor Ideas share with you another Contemporary Dubai Home by architect Ahmed Bukhash. 11 years in the making, this sleek Dubai Home confidently blends contemporary architecture with traditional Emirati design codes.

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This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture

Half a century can seem like a very short time in the history of a nation. When seen from the UAE’s perspective, 50 years has been long enough to fashion a legacy built on the progressive and inclusive vision of a pioneer who united the seven Emirates in 1971.

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture
Ahead Of The 50th UAE National Day, architect Ahmed Bukhash invited AD into his home in Al Barsha, Dubai.
This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture
This contemporary and confident vision for an Emirati home, is one that could replicated around the Middle East and beyond.

This residence in Dubai’s Al Barsha neighborhood is neither, which no doubt has to do with the fact that the owner is the celebrated architect Ahmed Bukhash who has spent the past decade.

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture

“I started designing this home even before I founded my practice. In many ways, this is my real-life studio where I explored and resolved many of my theories about the new Arab vernacular.” – says Ahmed Bukhash who has since designed many regional landmarks, most recently, the Good Place Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture
The sleek and minimal design code follows through into the interiors of this Emirati home, with exposed concrete panels and abstracted masharabiyas, in the form of ribbed wooden screens that provide both warmth and orientation.

Devoid of unnecessary ornamentation, this home exalts the beauty of carefully configured geometry and scale.

“In an Emirati home culture and faith are inseparable aspects that fuse into the very fabric of how we live. Many civilizations have addressed the relationship between the sacred and built form, for example Feng Shui in China, Sukiya Zukuri in Japan and Vaastu in India. But what could the present-day Emirati spirit of place be? That search took me to the Al Fahidi District in Dubai.” – explains Ahmed Bukhash.

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture

Many of the old homes have been preserved and renovated as art galleries and boutique hotels, but the essence of what made this creek-side complex a success is still evident.

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This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture

Almost identical from the exterior, with hardly any windows looking out and barely any external demonstration of affluence, the houses were lined around narrow streets and featured internal courtyards, creating a microclimate.

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture
Aerial bridges cast soothing shade on the pool court below and reduce the intensity of heat penetrating into the house, just like the narrow alleyways of Al Fahidi District.

“Over the past 50 years, many architects have approached design in the UAE as if it were a blank slate, when it is anything but. Our culture and heritage spans centuries and not very long ago, we lived without air-conditioning because our structures were in accordance with nature. We have come a long way, and there is much to be proud of, but if you are not building with locality in mind, any green innovation one applies onto a project is only rectifying a problem that could have been avoided.” – says Ahmed Bukhash

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture
The angular projection that announces the sacred Qibla axis can be experienced both indoors and outdoors.

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture
From automated fins on the first-floor balcony to the concealed sheer that covers the pool at the press of a button, throughout, the residence maintains a connection with the outside world and maximizes the use of outdoor spaces without compromise on privacy. Landscape by DesertInk.

“This is a home for my family, but also a prototype that demonstrates that we can honor a connection between nature and the built environment without compromising on privacy or resorting to the usual cultural clichés.” – Ahmed Bukhash

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture
From the public spaces on the ground floor to the family zones on the first, angular projections orient one to the Qibla axis.

This Architect’s Contemporary Dubai Home Offers A Fresh Take On Emirati Culture

From the skewed entrance that negates direct views into the household and a pearlescent drape that encloses the pool when required to angular concrete projections that announce the sacred Qibla axis throughout the house, privacy, prayer, and a modern outlook come together seamlessly, driven solely through architecture.

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