Architect: Bernard Khoury
Firm: Bernard Khoury / DW5
Location: Faqra, Lebanon
Project Type: Residential
Status: Built 2010
Copyright / Photographers: Jon Shard, Geraldine Bruneel, Nadim Asfar & Bernard Khoury (See List of Images)
Plot # 7950 (F) is located on a 1000-square-meter plot in Faqra, Mount Lebanon on a steep site which drops 13 meters from the highest edge on the southern peripheral road to the lowest northern edge where the site links to another access road.
The geometry of the plot and the imposed setbacks reduce the allowable footprint of the project to an orthogonal plan where the main functions of the residence are located on three levels.
A vehicular entrance with parking and service spaces are provided at the base of the project which is accessible from the lower access road.
An intermediary level above the base comprises two guest suites and a gym with a fully open frontage on the northern orientation, as well as direct access to a sundeck terrace and lap pool.
The first floor is essentially one fully-glazed open plan that develops on 23 meters along the northern orientation with 5 meters of ceiling height. Maximum exposure to the preferred views is provided for the main reception hall and the dining area. A 2.5-by-1.5-meter balcony is accessible from the northern periphery of the reception space. The balcony also serves as an open air elevator platform connecting the reception floor to the terrace below (Refer to Image 7950 GB008).
Two master suites are located at the upper level within a 3.5-meter high vault which develops on 23 meters of length. The vault partially opens above the two master beds allowing for the possibility to sleep in the open air when the weather permits it (Refer to Images 7950 GB007, 7950 JS003 & 7950 GB005).
A double-glazed glass façade partially shaded by horizontal wood blades develops vertically on the northern façade from the intermediary sundeck level through to the body of the building and around the circular section of the vault.
Perceived from the southern entrance on the upper edge of the site, the frontal façade has a discreet profile featuring a cylindrical shape that extends from the ground and wraps around the building all the way to the base of its body 10 meters below on the opposite orientation.