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Private Retreat

Yaafur, Syria is known for its harsh desert climate of excessively hot days and cool nights. Located in the midst of this desert, the private retreat was a challenge to create a gathering space capable of hosting up to 300 people.

By: Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture

Architecture-Page | Private Retreat by Vladimir Djurovic
A travertine stone basin brimming with water, the swimming pool becomes the main feature of this retreat

Architecture-Page | Private Retreat by Vladimir Djurovic
An environment catering to the harsh desert climate.

In the axe of the main residence, framing all the living spaces, the swimming pool is conceived as the heartbeat of the project. A travertine stone basin, brimming with water, becomes the backdrop and the mesmerizing element of all the gatherings and events. In this pure elliptical form, massive travertine slabs were laid side by side, then hand-carved to produce this seamless and elegant form that gently slopes to produce a natural beach descent, an aqua lounge, and then warps to become a suspended bench and Jacuzzi that wraps around the pool.


  • Text: Courtesy the architect
  • Photographs: Geraldine Bruneel; Copyright, Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture
  • Edited and compiled by Manish Mehta

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