On a hilltop in Shmeisani, Amman, sits the K Residence: a 900 square metre-three floor extension on an existing villa, designed by architect and artist Dina Haddadin. With a house of such grandeur, one would expect an entrance to match. Be it due to the fact that it is a second floor extension, or possibly a conscious design choice; this home’s entrance is humble and discrete in comparison to the rest of the house. But that only leaves more room (physically and metaphorically) for a grandiose unveiling of the space inside.
The immediate impression is that of raw materials moulded into basic shapes. The flowing veins of the calacatta marble cut ornately into square tiles, the flesh of the walnut wood contained abruptly in 3.4 meter high doors, the fairface concrete-cast walls imprinted with a grid-like formwork. A perfect merging of man versus nature; the natural light that floods the space gives an almost outdoor quality to the interiors.
Once that is taken in, one can now focus on the details, which offset the precision of the mass materials. The white curtains hang just a little too long for the windows, bundling up on the floor. The paintings, none of which are hung in the traditional sense, lean peacefully against the walls. The chandelier, each bulb with a different shade, hangs elegantly above the dining table. These nuances guide you through the flow of the house; firstly looking at it as a whole, then drawing you in; room by room, corner by corner, while still remaining cohesive in it’s entirety.
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Images and words by Bayan Dahdah ©
The Italian calacatta marble across the floor is so lacquered that it beautifully reflects the natural light, enlarging the space.
This silestone bench stretches from the outside terrace, through the living room and all the way to the guest bathroom, singlehandedly acting as seating, ledge and shelf respectively.
This MoM lamp is designed for Penta by Umberto Asnago, who developed a creative theme made of three keywords: Metal, Oxide, Matt. They appear as a small suspended universe ruled by harmony, which returns a clear and amplified light from luminous elements, brightened up by colours.
Penta Lights, https://usa.pentalight.com/prodotto/mom-table-lamp/
High windows cast sunlight in geometric forms across the house.
This stunning chandelier can never be fully seen in it’s entirety; only various angles of it depending on where you stand. Your brain puts together the separate impressions to form the full image.
A steel framework shelf; made by the owner during his university years.
The kitchen sits as a ‘box’ inside the house.
The positioning of the dining table acts as an elongated extension of the rectangular kitchen, making for seamless dinner party logistics.
The outdoor terrace, overlooking Amman. Local karaki stone is used and cut in a way to mimic a timber deck.
No Amman home is complete without an olive tree.
The great thing about fairface concrete walls: it’s childproof (no permanent damage caused by tape or colouring pencils can look wrong).
The beautiful backlit siletsone staircase, leading to the private quarters upstairs.