The open courtyard, pools and fountains work to cool the house, and drip irrigation water the plants, which in turn adds moisturise the air to help cool it. The house combines modern constriction techniques with classic Arabic design.

And Angawi doesn’t keep this incredible design for just himself and his family; his home is a cultural centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where it is built. He holds lectures, concerts and more in his home with guests and speakers from around the world, and has founded multiple institutions to preserve Islamic history and architecture including the Amar Center for Architectural Heritage which focuses on conversing architectural heritage.

One of the important tasks the Amar Center has been doing, is housing a collection of thousands of images and writing about Islam and the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Read more about Sami Angwai at: samslifeinjeddah.wordpress.com