Windtowers have, for many, come to serve as a symbol of the Persian Gulf's cultural heritage. These dramatic architectural features, popular in the courtyard houses of notable trading families up and down the Gulf long before the modern age, were not only strikingly beautiful, but were also highly functional, intuitively capturing scientific techniques that would harness the wind to provide natural air conditioning. This book, however, expands its scope to cover far more than the raw architecture of these windtower dwellings. Building on original research and a detailed architectural survey undertaken by the authors in Dubai between 1969 and 1974, Windtower includes their latest historical, social and technical research to provide a substantial book which offers a unique insight into the way of life the inhabitants, their culture and history.
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Historical Development 2
House of Abdulrazak Abdulrahim Aminai Al Bastaki
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Abdullah Mohammed Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq Abdulrahim Abdulwahid Abu Dhabi Ahmed Amiri Arab Architectural Conservation architecture areesh house Bahrain Bastaki Bastakiya Bastakiya house bedroom Bibiya breeze built Bukhash house chandals constructed corner courtyard Creek decorative Deira demolished dhow doors Dr Eesa east Emirates Farouk Fatima Fikree floor rooms frame ground floor Gulf gypsum Haji Haleema Historic Buildings Section humidity Indian Iran Islam Janahi kitchen lanes latrine Lingeh living majlis Maktoum masonry merchants metres mezzanine Mohammad Mohammed Noor Mosque Nadwa north-east Oman Ostad palm fronds panjdari pearling Persian Peter Jackson photograph plot Qur'an Ramadan Rashad restoration roof shade Sharif Sharjah Sheikh Abdulraheem Sheikh Mohammed Shareef Sheikh Saeed Sheikh Saeed House Shindagha side sikka sleeping room souq summer room temperatures timber tower trade traditional ventilation vents verandah walls wash room West Vent wind wind-catchers windscoops windtower houses windtower room wing winter women