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Stairwcase with access to the roof
A huge bay with staircase above the entrance door to access the roof above this single-storey house. The rooftop terrace is surrounded by a wall the height of a person to provide privacy but can be recognized by some vertical drainage pipes.


Before the introduction of airconditioning to hot-dry climate zones like Qatar thermal comfort was provided mainly by natural ventilation or indoor airflow
Stairwell as ventilation shaft
Here the stairwell of the building works also as a big ventilation shaft with mashrabiya latticework screen to vent and allow breezes circulate
Stairwell for ventilation
A two storey stairwell which doubles as ventilation shaft leads up to a light pavilion-like structure behind a decorative balustrade

Stairwell in front of a house
Stairwell in front of a house in the Al Ghanim district leads to the roof where we sometimes can find a water tank, satelite dishes or antennas

Stair bay of a house
Massive stair bay in the center of the building with access to the roof sometimes used for sleeping with cool sea breezes in the hot months

Central stairwell
Central stairwell in front of a residential building with balconies exposed to the sun all day. This western style house plan doesn't work very well under the unforgiving sun of the Gulf area

doha stairwell as median risalit

Stairwell in front of a house
Stairwell in front of a house in the Al Ghanim district

Stairwell of a Villa
Central staircase roof access and balconies on this private villa in Doha

Stairwell risalit
The stairwell juts out from the building like a median risalit

Stairwell in front of a house
Recesed stair house in front of a house in the Al Ghanim district

Stairwell in front of a building
Stairwell in front of a house constructed with pre-fab concrete elements

Stairwell in front of a house
Downtown Doha commercial building with shops on the groundfloor and a central stairway flanked by a balcony on each side. The mashrabiyyah lattice screens in front of the house made of steel reinforced concrete


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Staircase tower in Qatar
Staircase tower attached to gated one storey private villa in Doha gives rooftop access to the al-sateh or saqf which is used for drying clothes