House Profile: The house consists of two levels plusand a penthouse built on a 600 sqm land, which is area, located in Al Mumora area. The. Its construction of the house started onin 2002, the almost completed houseand in 2004 it was then procured by the current owners on 2004. at the final stage of construction process. Many modifications took placewere made to accommodate the functional needs of the new owners. Such, such as the addition of an outdoor kitchen and a driverdriver’s room; and the, addition of the services penthouse such as, which consists of the maids roomsmaid’ s room, laundry room, ironing room and storage.
One ofAmong the major modifications there was to changechanging of the house façade finishes. As shown in the pictures, the owners wanted a more prestigious and a more classical image, hence the addition ofwhich is why the arches, columns, stone and GRC frames and patterns. were added. Furthermore, some of the interior finishes and fixtures were replaced, for example, the walls painting, all the toilets sanitary ware and the internal kitchen tiling and cabinets. The House.
Now the house has two entrances,: one for pedestrianspeople and one for cars. The ground floor consists of the internalindoor and externaloutdoor kitchens, the driver’s room and toilets, two stores, an office, and two toilets. In addition to the Majlis, the sitting room, and the dining room, which is mainly dedicatedserve for formal guests, and visiting relatives, however, the dining room is also used by both the family members and guests and the sitting area is also occasionally used by the family. The Firstthem from time to time as well. The first floor consists of a family room, four bed roomsbedrooms, two dressing rooms and three toilets. The penthouse consists of the maid’s room and toilet, a store, and laundry and ironing room.
Family Profile: The occupants’ nuclear family structure consists of theinvolves mother, who is 43 years old whoand works as a lab doctor, the45-year-old father 45 years old, who works as a manger of security and safety manager in one of thean oil companiescompany, a 16 years -year-old daughter, 10- and 8 years -year-old sons, and a 3 years -year-old daughter. The servants’ staff consists of two maids and one driver. The family liveshas a modern busy lifestyle. Their mornings are spent at work and schools apart from the youngest daughter, who stays at home with theher nanny,; the servants maintain the homehouse during the periodthis time. All the family members have their breakfast at home in the family room, apart from the mother, who takeshas her breakfast at work. Most of the family members come back home between 1: 30-2: 30, except for the father, who comes home at 3: 300. The family takes30. They have their lunch at the dining room and; the father does it at thehis office. The family spent the afternoon period working on themembers spend their afternoons doing homework of the children in the family room, doing and performing any other required tasks for work or home, and. In the free time they are watching television, and playing play station. Nora, the eldest daughter, prefers to work on herdo homework in her room. The father after work usually takes a nap and then leaveleaves to visit friends. Al isha prayer traditionally marks the end of the day and its activities for the children, and theas well as preparation for the next day. The family hasmembers have their dinner in the family room. The father comes home at 10: 30 pm and has a fastquick light dinner alone. During the weekends the family visits theirthey visit relatives, receivesreceive visitors or goesgo out together.
The house was built originally built to meet the needs of another family; however, which is why it washad to be modified to meet the needs of the current familyowners. These additional changes enhanced the adjacencies relationship to achieve the family’s functional requirements, as shown in the illustration; most of the majormain required adjacencies are met. The external entrance is via a door, which is always closed, and a bell with speaker is installed to verify the identity of the visitor. The gender privacy is observed in the dedicated area in front yard, which is used for short -period male visitors orand as a smoking area byfor the father, it is. It also observed in theserves as a separate entrance for the Majlis in case it of male visitors.
There is a distance of almost 10 meters between the external point of entry and the internal point of entry emphasis on the privacy factor. Typically, like in many Qatari houses, the auditory and visual privacy are achieved via the construction method, which separate each andseparates every room by block walls and doors, in. In addition, the visual privacy is also achieved by installing curtains and blinds in all windows and installing , as well as usage of reflective glass. In addition, theThe privacy wasis also achieved through the spaces allocation; while the majoritymost of the ground floor is dedicated for public/visitors spaces, the first floor is private and dedicatedserves for the family. Furthermore, the separation between servants spaces in the penthouse orand in the appendixesappendices of the house emphasis onenhances the privacy factor for both parties.
Thus, privacy factor is achieved by different means: the auditory privacy is achieved– by installing a door at the end of the vertical link (stairs), and visualvisually by allocating all the private spaces in a spateseparate floor. The territorial factor is shown in the sign with the occupants’ name, and the house fence (trees). The individual territorial behavior is also observed through the eldest daughterdaughter’s restriction with regards toregarding entering her bedroom (private space) bedroom;); and in the setting in the dining room, in which the allocated chair for each person is known and respected, also in. In the boys’ bed room the imaginary boundary lineslies between the beds that are known and defined by the mother. The chairs in front of the study desk are also allocated for each person. There is a a cretin action pattern or behavioral pattern that taketakes place during the week days and weekends with regards toconsidering the usesuse of the spaces, as shown in the diagram.
The family is generally happy with theirthe current state of their house; however, the tow sons would like to have their own individual rooms, and the mother and daughter would like to have bigger areas in both their personal spaces, such as bed rooms and common spaces, such as the family and sitting rooms, in addition to two separate dining rooms – one for the family and other for guests. The father would like to have an external men’s Majlis to receive his visitors and son’s visitors. All of these factors were taken into consideration in the planning of the new house, which is now under construction and scheduled to be completed in one year.