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Breathing House - Modern Saudi House

This entry from Saudi Arabia deserves special merit for demonstrating how environmentally responsive design can incorporate traditional Islamic architectural principles. The team maintains cultural continuity while at the same time delivering a contemporary tectonic expression to the work. Equally noteworthy in this respect is the effort to transform inherited typologies and still remain sensitive to local cultural values.

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Acknowledgement for “breathing house”
“Cultural continuity and contemporary tectonic expression” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2005 for Africa Middle East
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Luca Donner
Main Author
Luca Donner
Donner e Sorcinelli Architetti, Italy
Francesca Sorcinelli
Main Author
Francesca Sorcinelli
Donner e Sorcinelli Architetti, Italy
Acknowledgement prize 2005
Middle East Africa
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