Riyadh based artist Mohamed Zakaria’s project Arabic Modern House is located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with a total built up area of 400 m2. The Arab Modern House shows the intricate and beauty of the Arab culture. Let’s see what he came up with.
My challenge in this project was to merge a modern design with Arabic culture, I tried to visualize the vision that the client was aiming for. The concept of this house was to create an ecological system and infrastructure. The biological swimming pool creates a flow of water in and around the house. Also, the borders between the exterior and the interior is blurred by using wide open windows which gives the ability of the nature outside the house to flow inside it and be integral part of the interior design.
I was inspired by the Arab culture, I tried to refine and show the beauty of Arab and Islamic architecture. I took a lot of time making this project than other because i paid a lot of attention to the details and the concept.
I think I have my own style, it’s different because I always try to keep the bridge between simplicity and luxuriousness. I do get a lot of inspiration from people like Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Le Corbusier’s and Hassan Fathy.
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About Mohamed Zakaria
Mohamed Zakaria is an Egyptian currently based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He’s been practicing 3d visualizations for the past ten years, and have worked on national and international projects for both architectural and non architectural practices. His focus is on architectural visualizations. He currently works with highly skilled experts from the fields of architecture and design. They specializes in: architectural visualizations focusing on creating narrative and atmospheric environments, thus going beyond mere representation. This way their visualizations highlight the potential of each architectural project and transmit their character in a truly engaging way. See more of his works on Behance or his website.