The House Djerba is a white house in a green environment.
It is a combination of intricately considered yet unassuming design that seeks to simplify the house typology into a series of weather elements that simply define space.
You can be forgiven for passing it by, because this is not the kind of house that ostentatiously waves its tail for attention, it is not the kind of contemporary architecture that projects, sways, juts, waltz or even trods, it is the kind that slowly saunters into flavour and the more you behold it and its sheer functionality, the more it grows on you. This is a design by Samia Ben Abdallah, a young architect from Tunisia for clients who fell in love with the island of Djerba.
The result was a planning mission that sees the living room opening onto the garden and pool, the house is bathed in dainty bloom and splendid sunlight. The building carefully weaves through the intricateness of privacy. Further exalted by the fact that the furniture is mostly by Tunisian craftsmen, the entire house comes together like good Lego.
There is an optimum orientation to the building against prevailing winds, play of volumes in magnificent white walls and masses, a preserve of Arabic feel and European mid century character and the central core of the building pull everything to it.
Atelier KOE found the response to both the architectural aesthetic as well as energy autonomy. The spacious residence, built entirely with stabilized earth bricks, totals 400m2 divided into six suites, a large living area, kitchen and dining room. This house was built as a place of open hospit...