© Ieva Saudargaité
- Architects: 109 Architectes
- Location: Baabda, Lebanon
- Architect In Charge: Richard Kassab
- Design Team: Richard Azzam, Joy Traboulsi, Samer Bazzy
- Partners In Charge: Youssef Mallat
- Area: 1800.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Ieva Saudargaité
- Structural Consultant: B.E.T. Mattar
- Mechanical Consultant: Barbanel & Ibrahim Mounayar
- Electrical Consultant: Gilbert Tambourgi
Text description provided by the architects. When four brothers with four distinct personalities wanted to construct an upscale residential building in a wooded Beirut suburb, 109 Architectes played on the concept of a harmonious quartet.
Four blocks anchor the project to the plot, a hill blanketed in pine and oak trees. Together, the blocks form four stories that interact with the environment, demonstrating the green approach that saturates the building from design to material.
They preserve the forest while overlooking the city below.
A distinct function is assigned to
A book-lined corridor acts as a boulevard connecting the blocks, and a family room is the heart of each house. On each floor it overlooks the front and back of the forest, creating an uninterrupted network of inhabitants, branches, and birds. The layout maximizes cross ventilation, allowing nature’s elements to interact with the building.
Creating an exceptional experience for each brother was essential to the project. The architects considered an individual home’s relationship with the trees to create its distinct character. The ground floor is washed in soft sunlight, set within the tree trunks and beneath the canopy. The first floor hovers among branches, and the second floor floats just above the treetops, giving the illusion that one could reach out and touch them. Perched high above the woodland, the third floor looks out onto the horizon.
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