This research project presents the transformation of the domestic space in Bahrain by comparing houses built in different periods in order to trace the ‘enduring’ and ‘altered’ typologies of habitations. The theoretical point of departure for the project is understanding the house as the physical framework of a household’s everyday life, a manifestation of taste and identity, and a site of performance. The analysis includes a comparison of the changes in the typological and syntactic qualities of these transformed spaces.