"Basic Features of the Local Style of Buildings" Housing Architect. Tip by arabian10

Housing Architect., Jiddah: 15 reviews and 18 photos

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Basic Features of the Local Style of Building in Jeddah, Past and Present
The local design and construction of buildings in Jeddah city are classified in accordance with variety of architectural types, materials of building, decoration and adornments, in addition to types of material coating the walls and the roofs altogether in accordance with the periods of time during which these buildings were constructed and according to internal and external cultural influences.

The most distinguished feature in the old style of building in Jeddah city is the wooden Roshan (bay window), that covered most of the facades. By virtue of this fine wood work, ventilation into the house is allowed without being seen from outside. The width of the Roshan was about two meters which gives enough room for sitting by an individual. This type of windows had a special status during social and family meetings. The houses were varied in size in accordance with the size and social position of the family. Small houses always had special entrances near one or more commercial places and a meeting place for men, especially on the side of the street.

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  • Written Jul 12, 2005
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