Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jeddah Style Architecture

This is a beautiful example of the old style Saudi architecture of Al Balad, the oldest neighborhood in Jeddah.  The wooden window coverings, called rawasheen, are very distinctive, allowing for airflow as well as privacy.  Buildings were built very close together and were of varying heights, creating more air flow in the narrow gaps between them.  Rooftops were also utilized as an outdoor area.  My husband recalls sleeping up on the rooftop when he was a boy and the weather permitted. 


Jerry Mc Kenna said...

I love the windows.

Nice to see you posting photos again. I missed them.

Susie of Arabia said...

Thanks so much, Jerry. I missed it too and I am happy to be back in the swing of things. I took over 400 new pics this morning so I'm pretty psyched.