WHITE ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
White, often synonymous with softness, serenity, and peace, skilled architect Samah Hussain chose the name aptly to represent her signature style of architectural design. Having been part of the team that worked on some of the biggest projects around Bahrain, such as Reef Island and Diyaar Muharraq, Samah’s years of work in the field has garnered her tantamount expertise, and has resulted in her unique outlook on a multitude of traditional and commonly used design, and she reworks them into more modern, long-lasting, and visually appealing structures.
Receiving her architectural degree from Oxford Brookes University, Samah went on to do her masters in Alexandria, Egypt, but her passion towards working in the field of architecture saw her returning to Bahrain every summer during her university days, and partaking in summer-jobs to build her portfolio. Moving away from the traditional way of designing, Samah focused more on defining her own aesthetic, which is to have clean and pure forms of design and a more visually “soft” design approach to her architecture. “It can be a mix of designs, and it also depends on the clients and their needs. So it is not modern, maybe it could have a touch of classic, a touch of traditional, so it can be contemporary,” Samah says, and adds that her signature-style of designing ensures that her designs are everlasting and classy, as a garish design might start to seem boring after a while.
Located on the Ground Floor of Riyadat Mall, White Architecture and Design’s offices also mirror the chic and modern aesthetic of Samah’s designs. With an industrial-style bookshelf in the middle of the boutique office, juxtaposed with a wooden table dissecting through the bookshelf softens its harshness, while combining two completely different worlds of “industry” and “nature” harmoniously. Samah’s ingenuity and her devotion to collecting and combining different kinds of raw materials to result into a completely unique piece of furniture has also lead to her pursuing product design. “It is important that in a project, the architect is involved from A-Z”, she says and details that at White Architecture and Design, they offer their clients a full package of services including interiors, product design, furnishings, landscape, drawings and elevations of the plans, and so on. Having worked on every aspect of designing Reef Island, from the exterior to the plants and cutlery, Samah says it made her realise the importance of an architect being involved thoroughly in the project at hand.
For the future, Samah says in addition to expanding regionally, she also looks forward to working towards her love for product design. Finding different types of raw materials, she says, has become one of her latest passions, and hopes to set up factories for textile and production of her own creations. Her adoration towards design as a whole, whether for a structure or a piece of furniture, is apparent through her sophisticated and polished approach, and has substantially shifted the way modern and contemporary aesthetic has been viewed over the past few years.
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Unit 30 Building 231 Road 3206 Block 732, Riyadat Mall, Aali, Bahrain
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