Location  Brih, Lebanon
Category  Residential
Accent DG  Architectural design
Lead Architect  Elie Abs
Project Consultant  Elie G. Haddad
Project Team  Aline Fadous, Jad Fenergi, Luana Mahfouz, Nada Noueihed, Petia Ratzov
Area  520 sqm
Materials  Stone, paint
MEP Consultant  Wissam Tawil & Associates
Structural Consultant  Joseph Diab
Status  Under Construction

Villa in Brih 2

This project is a single-family house, in the Chouf, Mount Lebanon. The concept was to subdivide the program into three different platforms, organized as terraces in a U-shape comfiguration. The main entrance is on the ground level. The separate slabs frame the outdoor space of the villa, connected by circulation spaces and other functions.

The project derives its simplicity from the existing typology of traditional architecture of the context. It seeks to embed itself discretely into the topography, by breaking up the building components. The building transforms the traditional housing typology by opening up to the landscape, while retaining some of its essential attributes. By distributing the house components within several platforms, it recreates various spaces [patios, passages, walks] that appear in traditional villages, while adopting the landscape as a form generator. The house avoids to project a ‘monumental’ image that disrupts the character of the place, focusing on the characteristics of the landscape.