Stone House

Stone House

Location
Dubai, United Arab Emirates | View Map
Project Year
2018
Category
Private Houses
Chiara Cadeddu Photography

Stone House

The Niu Studio as Interior Designer

Located in an exclusive Dubai residential neighbourhood, this award-winning double-height family mansion/villa fuses architectural minimalism with contemporary luxury that evokes a timeless warmth and serenity.

It's a rich domestic haven that appeals to all the senses: from the protective outer solid stone walls to the inviting and sensuous interiors where rare woods, handmade fabrics, and contemporary furniture blend harmoniously with rich family heirlooms. The design symphony is enhanced by the voluminous double-height ceiling and the rays of natural light that emanate from the large windows that create a seamless transition to the outdoors.

With its exotic plants, trees and shrubs the soft trickling sound of the traditional 'falaj' water featuring trickling through the carefully manicured gardens, ensures that a thread of Middle Eastern heritage and culture runs through the modern setting.

photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography

Brief
Niu was commissioned as the architect and landscape designers with a brief to create a 1,000-metre square,single-storey modern, minimalist villa. The client (a young Emirati couple) requested separate guest, family and garden zones. Separate traditional Majlis for the female and male guests were also specified.

They sought a warm, informal environment with a lived-in, relaxed family home featuring iconic signature pieces that reflect their personality as well as some items from their art and interior collections.

photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography

Pullquote
“The client requested a design that fused architectural minimalism with contemporary luxury, to evoke a timeless warmth and elegance throughout a traditional home that provides both formal, public spaces and separate, private areas for the family.” Niu architects -Giorgio Palermo and Elena Gregorutti.

photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography

Exterior
The bold and angular linearity of the monolithic granite and marble exterior architecture creates a dramatic backdrop to the inviting 5-bedroom interior that features eight-metre tall ceilings and oozes comfort and luxury.

Throughout the 1,500 square metres residence, clad in Palestinian limestone granite, noble materials were selected to reinforce the feeling of power, longevity and security, such as the white Dunas and black Galaxy granite that frame the main entrance.

photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography

Marble was widely used on the interior floors and walls, including Italian Botticino, with accents of onyx, white Dunas and black Saint Laurent marble Giallo Fiorito granite.

The exterior architectural details are highlighted by the strategically placed exterior lighting to emphasis the lines.The layout includes dedicated male and female Majlis for formal entertaining and another area reserved exclusively for family members. All the areas have their own dedicated landscaped gardens.

photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography

Garden + Landscaping
One of the highlights of the outdoor space is the majestic modern flowing' falaj' water feature inspired by the 'falaj' of the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Andalucía. This refreshing water feature runs into the ceramic mosaic swimming pool and adds an element of Middle Eastern culture and heritage to the modern setting.

Exotic trees and plants including different types of palm and olive treees add a refreshing element of natural greenery to the relaxing oasis styled for rest and rejuvenation.

photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography

Interior
The luxurious interior is awash with natural light flows that flows in from the oversize windows that simultaneously allow the interior and garden spaces to seamlessly merge.

The spacious family villa is furnished with the finest European fabrics, furnishings, chandeliers and accessories selected in conjunction with the owner to create a modern Arabian family home.

Sumptuous Luxurious Rubelli, Sahco and Elitis fabrics were selected for the bespoke upholstery and soft furnishings. The rooms are furnished with items from Living Divani, Porada and Fendi furniture collections, including Giorgetti's iconic Hug and distinctive Eva lounge chairs.

photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography

Niu commissioned a 4-metre-long bespokedining table for the main dining room accented by a stunning hand-blown Muranoglasschandelier by Abate Zenetti.

Throughout the interior walls and floors, marble including Italian Botticino is widely used, with accents of onyx, white Dunas and black Saint Laurent marble.

In some areas such as the bedrooms the marble and walnut wood parquet flooring are softened, with bespoke wall to wall hand-woven carpet from moooi. While other floors are adorned with classic silk Persian carpets from the owner's personal collection.

photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography
photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography
photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography
photo_credit Chiara Cadeddu Photography
Chiara Cadeddu Photography
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