50: Brick | Bakrajo House

28m 46s |
In this episode, Cherise is joined by Zardasht Aziz, Architect at ZAKAA Architecture in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.

Zardasht shares his insights into working on the Bakrajo House in Sulaymaniyah-Kurdistan Region, Iraq. The five-bedroom home features a series of curved walls on its front façade, forming alcoves that define the outer shell of the home.

ZAKAA endeavored to make an architectural statement with the façade. The unique sculptural form of the house emerged from an intense effort to deviate from the typical design of homes in this city.

There was also a focus to create privacy for the family. Neighbor facing windows were reduced and arranged to minimize or conceal them from view. ZAKAA introduced alcoves and a rear court to let light and air penetrate the house in different directions.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:
creating privacy within a narrow lot and minimal separation from neighbors,
getting buy-off on a design that was atypical to the surrounding homes,
demonstrating new potential for design and construction in the region,
and much more!


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Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT
Senior Spec Writer | RDH Building Science
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Zardasht Aziz
Architect | ZAKAA Architecture