A Kattameya Home Designed for Family Living
By Hilary Diack
Project by Hisham Ghorab
Photography by Hesham Labib
The brief was to create a unique contemporary dwelling with the highest quality materials within the existing shell of a large villa in leafy Kattameya. A challenge? Yes, but one that architect Hisham Ghorab and his Style Design team were happy to embrace. Already known for his distinctive approach and obsessive eye for detail, this was to become a labor of love that was two years in the making. The result? These stunning photos by photographer Hesham Labib capture the very essence of what the owner had dreamed of when he first set out to create a new home for his busy family.
Neutral tones and diverse materials throughout the home are complemented by the addition of time-aged silk and wool rugs and sheer curtains, bringing softness to the clean-lined, uncluttered decor. The ambience is calm, but never dull, as warm reds, ochre and orange tones in furnishings and artwork enliven the rooms, setting off the rich sand and gold shaded marble floors.
Surprisingly quirky pieces that give an insouciant touch when least excepted integrate well with the contemporary elegance of the design-led furniture.
To accommodate the owner’s passion for showing his contemporary art collection to its best advantage, spaces are open, with soft natural light feeding through in myriad levels throughout the day.
Hidden from view, but playing a paramount role in making this house a perfect living space, state-of-the-art technology supports every function. From climatic control, to multiple music and visual entertainment options, and ambient lighting to suit any mood and occasion, it has been seamlessly integrated into every space, every niche.
Both the owner and his adult children required personal space, something that responded to their appreciation of design, culture and aesthetics while offering a high level of functionality. En-suite bathrooms, easy access to a second private garden and Jacuzzi, a spacious lower-level dedicated to a top-of-the-line gym, spa and relaxation area all contribute to a lifestyle where everything flows, from day to night, and work to relaxation.
The owner’s eclectic interests come into play; a gourmet chef kitchen packed with top-of-the-range equipment sits comfortably next to an intimate dining space, a perfect set up for hosting creative menus and memorable dinner parties. Supplementing the main kitchen on the lower level, it provides a relaxed and less formal option for a host who loves to entertain.