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ADHA Near-Zero Sustainable Villa

2017 - 2019

Commissioned by Abu Dhabi Housing Authority (ADHA), Chalabi Architekten and Partner have designed a sustainable villa as a pilot project on an unspecified plot of located anywhere within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Respectful of the cultural attitude towards privacy within the UAE, the villa and its outdoor areas are subdivided into four distinct zones on the ground floor, offering diverse gradients of privacy. The first floor is an exclusively private family zone.   Interior spaces are arranged around and open out onto a courtyard to provide extended, liveable areas. In addition, the variety of depth between the building and the boundary wall creates shaded outdoor rooms on all four sides of the villa all with water features and indigenous plants that contribute to a cool, pleasant ambiance. GRFN was commissioned as the MEPF designer to provide designs that achieve a 4 Pearl Estidama Rating along with the needed documentation. The villa was designed to achieve near-zero energy status.


Abu Dhabi Housing Authority- Chalabi Architects


Abu Dhabi, UAE




Engineering Design; Renewables Consultancy; Sustainability & Environmental Consultancy;

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