Horizon Beach is one of our ongoing residential projects in Kuwait. Its design is based on the conditions of its own site, an urban development located on the beach front. The plot is characterised by its elongated shape, with long sides adjacent to a hotel and a residential building. The short side of the block faces east and connects directly to the beach.
The place offers the opportunity to be in touch with nature through sea views, and at the same time makes necessary an adequate architectural organization of the dwellings to preserve their intimacy. These two conditions define a project that avoids filling the plot, and is instead structured diagonally across the block. This staggered organisation of the complex achieves sea views for almost all the dwellings. It alleviates, at the same time, the constricted relationship with the adjacent buildings, generating the open-air common spaces mainly towards the northeast corner, and placing the circulations on the south façade.
Most of the two and three bedroom homes, facing north, have their living rooms overlooking the sea. At the same time, cross views between them are prevented. For their part, the one-bedroom apartments are located on the west and south façades, always favouring a controlled relationship with the street through terraces or recesses with respect to the plot boundary. Two villas connect with the beach on the seafront by being placed on the east façade, at basement level and ground floor. A ramp connects their patios directly with the sand.
The common spaces receive special attention in the project for Horizon Beach. Green areas are integrated in all the walkways. Planters, vegetation and water sheets contribute to a more pleasant atmosphere and cooler interior spaces. A gymnasium, sauna and Turkish bath are added to the swimming pools as community services. Also, in the roofs the access is enabled so that they serve as belvederes.
Horizon Beach’s exterior appearance connects with the Arab construction tradition through the incorporation of arches in the windows. The project sits between a contemporary image and a local identity, achieved through these arched openings. Its metal frames also serve as solar protection. The exterior ceramic façade gives an elegant appearance while in the interior courtyards, white ceramic cools down the spaces.
The building is a quiet oasis focused on the relationship with the sea, impeccable interiors, and exclusive common spaces and facilities. Light, ceramic materials, vegetation, views and a fractured geometry maximize the potential of the place and articulate a unique setting.