Islamic architecture is closely tied to Islam, and most of the architectural designs reflect various aspects of this culture. However, some attractive architectural designs can be used in new real estate projects.
Privacy concerns strictly follow the teachings from the Quran, and they are aimed at making sure that the homeowner gets some peace and quiet from the pressures of the outside world. To achieve this, guarding privacy at home is vital in maintaining peace and tranquility in the family.
Privacy requirements are met through careful design to maintain both safety and privacy in the home, away from public associations. Design features involve the use of various elements to achieve visual privacy, acoustic privacy, and olfactory privacy.
Optimal visual privacy is maintained through various design interventions such as the design and location of doors, placement of, and window sizes, the control of building heights and balconies, as well as the incorporation of courtyards and gender spaces. In Muslim houses, the main entrance is placed away from the main street and facing away from the opposite neighbors. The use of high-level windows also makes sure that there are no incidences of people peeping into other’s homes. Visibility from the inside is also reduced from the inside out by the use of wooden lattice screens.
This is done by controlling the transmission of sound from the outside-in or from one room to the other. One of the ways to ensure acoustic privacy is by using thick walls, floors, and roofs to maintain consistent sound transmission control.
Olfactory privacy is also important in Muslim architecture, especially in controlling odors from the kitchen reaching the room where the visitors are being entertained. Most Muslims use incense to alter the smell of the house. This concept is used in modern houses via the use of air fresheners.
The architectural concepts discussed above apply to modern houses.