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Living spaces, divided into separate zones for men and for women, cluster around a walled central courtyard.

Suliman House, Juba, Sudan

Suliman House, Juba, Sudan

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    Planned for a development in Juba, Southern Sudan, this house draws on a traditional model of family compounds.

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    Planned for a development in Juba, Southern Sudan, this house draws on a traditional model of family compounds.

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    Planned for a development in Juba, Southern Sudan, this house draws on a traditional model of family compounds.

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    Living spaces, divided into separate zones for men and for women, cluster around a walled central courtyard.

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    Living spaces, divided into separate zones for men and for women, cluster around a walled central courtyard.

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    Living spaces, divided into separate zones for men and for women, cluster around a walled central courtyard.

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    A roof designed as an air scoop directs prevailing winds through the building.

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    A roof designed as an air scoop directs prevailing winds through the building.

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    A roof designed as an air scoop directs prevailing winds through the building.

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    The east-west building section.

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    The east-west building section.

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    The east-west building section.

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    Covered walkways provide shade.

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    Covered walkways provide shade.

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    Covered walkways provide shade.

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    The floor plan.

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    The floor plan.

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    The floor plan.

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    The street elevation and the north-south building section.

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    The street elevation and the north-south building section.

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    The street elevation and the north-south building section.

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    A view from the kitchen toward the living area and master bedroom.

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    A view from the kitchen toward the living area and master bedroom.

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    A view from the kitchen toward the living area and master bedroom.

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washington, d.c.

Designed for a Sudanese businessman with interests in both the U.S. and his home country, this family compound responds sensitively to local cultural and climatic conditions. Rooms and courtyards, which connect via open-air walkways, reflect the traditional separation of men’s and women’s domains and a highly structured intimacy gradient. High walls and covered walkways provide shade in the hot, dry climate, while the vented roof structure captures prevailing winds. “It’s something more contemporary that’s building off of a tradition,” remarked one judge, who called the result “empathetic without being patronizing.”


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