Mimar Houses

By Ross Padluck

In hand is a copy of MIMAR HOUSES, printed in 1987, a beautifully illustrated journal of residential architecture from the developing world. MIMAR was co-founded by one of my former professors, the late Brian Brace Taylor, with whom I studied 19th century sublime and 18th century classical European landscape architecture. Professor Taylor, as I knew him – had a fascinating career as editor of L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, a professor at l'Ecole d'Architecture de Paris - Belleville, in Paris, and was one of the first archivists of Le Corbusier’s drawings; he was also influential in the preservation of Chareau’s Maison de Verre.

MIMAR was a departure from many architecture journals of it’s time. It was printed in full color, on quality gloss paper in Singapore, and featured seldom-seen works of architecture. MIMAR HOUSES takes us on a journey from Morocco, to Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and beyond.

A fireplace in the Benjelloun House, Marrakesh, design by Bill Willis.

Colorful tile ornaments a wash room and garden features at the Benjelloun House.

Underneath a wood dome in the courtyard of the Al Sulaiman Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Entrance and plan view of the Al Sulaiman Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The dome as viewed from the roof.

Intricate moshrabi screens at the Al Sulaiman Palace.

17th Street House in Kirachi, Pakistan, designed by H. Fida Ali and M. Kalam Baig.

Satish Gujral’s Belgian Embassy in New Delhi.

Plan of the Embassy.

Atrium in the Goh House, in Singapore, designed by William Lin.

Three unique residences in Kuwait, from the “Middle Post Oil” period.

Architect Geoffrey Bawa’s residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka