Saudi Arabia
10.000 sqm

This ultra-luxury mansion embodies Aristotle's ether and quintessence theories, featuring a circular motif and five elemental sectors, symbolizing the cycle of life. 

This ultra-luxury mansion in Saudi Arabia is a masterful blend of philosophical concepts and alchemical symbolism. Its design is inspired by the concept of quintessence, the fifth element in Greek philosophy, which complements the classical elements of fire, water, earth, and air. Aristotle's vision of the ether as eternal, unchanging, weightless, and transparent, with an inherent circular motion, is elegantly embodied in the mansion's architecture. This circular motif is also reflected in the new Vitruvian Man, symbolizing the synthesis of the macrocosm (creation, nature, and matter) and the microcosm (man and spirit).
A key architectural feature is the loop, an internal circular element that horizontally connects the entire building, representing the continuous circular motion attributed to the ether. The mansion is thoughtfully divided into five distinct sectors, each representing one of the five elements: water, fire, earth, air, and spirit. Each sector's functions and interior finishes are meticulously crafted to reflect its respective element, with the spirit, or quintessence, symbolized by the cantilevered section over the mountain—rootless, free, weightless, and transparent.
The ouroboros, an ancient symbol of a serpent eating its own tail, further enhances the mansion's thematic elements of rotation and circularity. Derived from the Greek words "oura" (tail) and "boros" (eating), the ouroboros represents eternal cyclic renewal and the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Frequently used in alchemical depictions, it symbolizes the transformation of matter and the circular nature of existence, mirroring the mansion's profound design philosophy.