Shortlisted: Claudio Modola Architectural Design Ltd.

Claudio Modola Architectural Design Ltd. have been shortlisted in the International Design and Architecture Awards with their project Bayt Jullanar reaching the shortlist for the  Architecture Residential £2.5-£5 Million (property value) award.


Project Name: Bayt Jullanar

Location: Dubai, UAE

Interior Designer: Claudio Modola Architectural Design

Architect: Claudio Modola Architectural Design

Furniture Designer: Finn Juhl

Date Delivered: July 2013









The Bayt Jullanar blends femininity with a certain strength of presence, all the while remaining faithful to a distinctly Arabian identity.

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The client, approached the firm to design her residence after reading an article published in Architectural Digest on Fort Ferro, an Omani inspired fortress designed and constructed by Claudio Modola Architectural Design on the sands of Shela Beach, Lamu, Kenya.

After building successful businesses in the UAE and bringing up two children together, the client’s husband had passed away the previous year. It was clear to Claudio Modola  that although still grieving, here was a woman who wanted to redefine her life and create a home for her family to enjoy as they entered the next chapter of their life journey.

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Tired of apartment living, the client was adamant that she wanted to reside on the beach in Dubai and having failed to find a vacant plot of land to buy, she identified an existent residence in a prominent position and took the courageous decision to demolish, thereafter appointing the firm to create her own private oasis.

The client trusted completely in Claudio’s ability to conceive and design an appropriate structure and giving no guidelines at all in terms of architectural style, stating only her requirements in terms of rooms, space and facilities. The brief consisted of the following:-

a) Approximate area of 800m2

b) 4 bedrooms, kitchen / breakfast area, dining / living area, study, staff quarters ( 4 staff), Terrace with sea views, underground parking for a Rolls Royce Phantom, Swimming pool.

c)A relaxing home in which the client and her two adult children could spend leisure time together.


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The traditional internal courtyard was an important aspect of the design as it provided a focal point around which the body of the property would revolve. Flooding the interior with indirect sunlight it provides a peaceful serene sanctuary at the heart of the home.

Bayt Jullanar was designed in a way that would purposefully evoke emotions, mental images and moods of an Omani princesses palace in a bygone era, with its intriguing corridors and staircases, veils and screens of mashribya and interconnecting chambers but which sits perfectly within its contemporary multi cultural setting. The property, now complete, exudes a sense of harmony and well being which is difficult to attribute to a particular feature but which is deeply gratifying

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The ID&A awards are important as they allow designers and design enthusiasts from all over the world, of different backgrounds and experiences to share and celebrate the achievements of those who strive to beautify the built environment in which we spend our lives.

Claudio Modola Architectural Design will open a studio in Dubai in September 2014.