Zintara Residences | By Abdullah Khan Architects , Peshawar


Zintara Residences

Location Peshawar  , Pakistan
Type housing scheme
Project Area 1 Million sq ft
Total no of houses 185

Architecture Design Firm

Abdullah Khan Architects

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Zintara phase 1 is a million square feet of residential development opportunity offering 185 houses and a range of community facilities for its prospective residents. The development is located on the northern bypass of the ring road in Peshawar. We perceive Zintara residences development initiative as a game changer in local development market trends. AKA involvement included the following architecture prototypes for the development: 2 housing unit types, community park, neighborhood markets and urban playgrounds, gate and boundary wall and community mosque. The idea of a gated community with underground infrastructure provision and specialized street furniture in the emergent development market is an indicator of an upscale development initiative. he immediate challenge for the residential units is to stay uniform and still respond favorably in the in the change in radial orientation of the master plan.


 Unit A is a 10 marla, 5 bedroom single family detached unit. The design challenge was to include a private lawn and private terraces in a 2800 sq-ft lot including a covered car porch. Basement level has been incorporated with light wells  to guarantee natural light levels on the sub-subterranean level.


The indigenous house was a space in between. It was a transient between time and space. These houses were sensitive to their surroundings, the vernacular and the climate. They sympathized with natural parameters and accommodated themselves accordingly. This not only rendered livings befitting to the climate but also induced a particular sense of space, the regional or the traditional. The HOUSE, in retrospect, investigates the nature of regionalism why translating in the language of critical regionalism. It boasts of open spaces that are intermittently sown by the spaces in between; traditional spaces like the verandah and the aangan. These two types are instrumental in attending to the hot and humid climate of the region while also addressing to the anthropological and social sensitivities. The HOUSE combines three floors that are connected through open corridors and scattered stairs. They provide pockets of shade from the summer swelter and intimate envelopes for user interaction. It looks back in time to re-invent the HOUSE of the past while keeping true to its time.



Zintara mosque was part of the required amenity within the Zintara Masterplan precincts in Peshawar. The project was required to be able to accommodate 450 worshippers and cater to their ablutionary requirements. The mosque also has the provision of accomodating delegations overnight. The mosque has been essentially derived from the sacred cube. By disintegrating a larger cube into 4’x4′ modules, the form of the mosque is created into being. Displaced cubes form the courtyard.



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