CORAL LINES

MUSCAT, OMAN - ABORTED 2014
From the distant impermeable mountains of Oman, to the exquisite golf course that duly replicates their indented outline, to the purity of untouched shore of the Oman sea with its pristine sands; every perspective from and towards the site contributes to the release of a dramatic emotion. Located at the intersection of those overwhelming presences, the Golf Villa is placed like a coral that extends its lightness, its curves and transparency in both the directions of the golf course and the Oman Sea through a luxuriant landscape. The volumes of the house, a composition of floating planes to the east softened by the smooth curve of an outdoor ramp to the west, embrace the site while leaving open the traversing space of an entrance in the middle. At the entrance of the house, the first moment of intersection happens. Glazed on both sides, the lobby simultaneously opens to the north towards the sea and to the south towards the golf course. This space allows for a unification of the poles of the site in one moment of immediate presence. The programs that are located to the south of the house (office, guest room, two bedrooms, master bedroom south roof terrace) benefit from the golf course view and the mountains in the distance. To the Read More

From the distant impermeable mountains of Oman, to the exquisite golf course that duly replicates their indented outline, to the purity of untouched shore of the Oman sea with its pristine sands; every perspective from and towards the site contributes to the release of a dramatic emotion.
Located at the intersection of those overwhelming presences, the Golf Villa is placed like a coral that extends its lightness, its curves and transparency in both the directions of the golf course and the Oman Sea through a luxuriant landscape.
The volumes of the house, a composition of floating planes to the east softened by the smooth curve of an outdoor ramp to the west, embrace the site while leaving open the traversing space of an entrance in the middle.
At the entrance of the house, the first moment of intersection happens. Glazed on both sides, the lobby simultaneously opens to the north towards the sea and to the south towards the golf course. This space allows for a unification of the poles of the site in one moment of immediate presence. The programs that are located to the south of the house (office, guest room, two bedrooms, master bedroom south roof terrace) benefit from the golf course view and the mountains in the distance. To the north, the living areas embrace the swimming pool that stands across the house with its tropical landscape of palms.
The ramp extends at the tip of the site as a belvedere then leads to the first floor thus connecting the public events of the garden to the multi-purpose space above. This space, benefiting from a north-south exposure allows for a second moment of intersection with its double exposure to the golf course and the sea view. Openable on both sides, it can be cross-ventilated during the more forgiving months of the year while allowing for an extension of the public reception or family gathering on the first floor terrace. Covered by curved roof structure, this graphic gesture draws the final mound before the perfect horizontality of the sea. Bedrooms to the north side are organized to always benefit from a sea view with panoramic corner windows and terrace extensions. As for the master bedroom, it marks the third intersection with its two terraces on two levels, one to the sea and the other towards the mountains.
Through the lightness, horizontality and transparency of its own coral-lines, the house seeks to frame, capture and enjoy the extending views that make the uniqueness of its own site.

Read Less