Site size: 70,000 square feet
Project size: 15,000 square feet
Program: The design for this two-story, single-family villa in Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains was inspired by the surrounding terrain. The concept evolved as a composition of two separate yet connected volumes. The resulting U-shape configuration encloses an outdoor space with a pool overlooking the landscape.
Location: Brih, Chouf Mountains, Lebanon
Solution: The villa is approached via a road that meanders from the bottom of a hill, through terraced olive groves. The building’s form accentuates this horizontal composition. The villa reinterprets a modern aesthetic by recreating a sequence of passages and patios reminiscent of traditional Middle Eastern architecture.
Construction and materials: Considering the area’s extreme winter weather, the villa is a double shell structure with a concrete external wall and a hollow block internal wall. The finishes vary from stone wall cladding and white stucco, to wood finish.
Completion date: March 2017
Gross square footage: 15,000 square feet
Total project cost: $3.3 million USD
Client: Bou Ezzedine
Owner: Bou Ezzedine
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Elie Abs - Principal Architect (registered architect)
MEP Consultant: Wissam Tawil & Associates
Structural Consultant: Joseph Diab
Concrete solid slab
Masonry: Local Stone
Metal/glass curtain wall: Schuco
Wood: HPL Parkles - natural wood composite panel
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork