109 Architectes, Architecture from Lebanon, Residential design

109 Architectes uses four interlinked blocks to design a family residence

Lebanon’s 109 Architectes was commissioned to design a family residence for four brothers with very distinct personalities in Baabda, a town bordering to the south and east of Beirut.

Located in a wooded suburb, the architects conceptualised the building as a harmonious quartet. Four blocks anchor the project to the site, a hill covered with pine and oak trees. The building is designed to interact with the environment, preserving the ecological values while affording great views of the city underneath.

The architects have assigned a different functions to each box: the sleeping area, guest room or office, service area and reception. Three of the four blocks are constructed as solid boxes with stone cladding that naturally fades into the environment.

Full length windows on each floor allow natural light to filter in and offer panoramic views. In contrast, the reception block materialises as a series of stacked white slabs framing the scenery, and establishing a direct dialogue with the surrounding greenery. A book-lined corridor acts as a boulevard connecting the blocks, with a family room set as the anchor for each house.  The latter overlooks the front and back of the forest, with unobstructed views of the local flora and fauna.

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