In the Al Bateen quarter, close to the centre of Abu Dhabi, last year a private residence was con- structed from a desert like plot. Architect Deborah Trombetta spent a couple of years, together with her father, living literally on the project site, to realize the ideas and wishes of her client. Result is a contemporary villa, a fascinating water play and a minimalistic interior where objet d’art are spread around the house. Two large UF vessels planted with grasses decorate the front terraces, creating a focus and reference point in the open space, while a series of 3 UK with red interior engobe stand along the garden pavilion, tilted each in another direction. On the top terraces, the architects chose for a the same constellation of UF vases, with an additional series of horizontally striped BRF planters. For the interior, the client opted for round MF-vases with decorative branches. Photography Bart Van Leuven.