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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

IXSIR Winery in Jbeil, Lebanon by Raed Abillama Architects

 
July 18th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Raed Abillama Architects

A living spine of revealed processes and experiences, in strict to the wine making process, debuts from within the existing, resorted, 140 year old house, to flow within the layered functional spaces of the wine factory as a exhibited living wine making body. Integrated within the green thick skin of the Basbina outskirts, in a site that overlooks the northern costal lines from its north-western edges, and the cedar lines from its south eastern stretch, the winery synthesises an old exciting resorted feudal house with the factory’s modern built structure. The initial approach focussed on the complete symbiosis of the built with the natural.

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  • Architects: Raed Abillama Architects
  • Project: IXSIR Winery
  • Location: Basbina, Jbeil, Lebanon 
  • Photography: Géraldine Bruneel, Joe Kesrouani
  • Footprint: 1848 m²
  • Built-up area: 5270 m²
  • Land area: 25000 m²
  • Year: 2012

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Visitors slowly discover the setting as a minimal intervention on the landscape. In return the sitting of the old house stretches above the winery roof to unify the architectural unravelling. The whole program, the cellar, the vats, the storage stacks, operation and management spaces… are the final of the house, as a main reception, insertion vantage, cascading itself underground, through a “welled” staircase.

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The discovered underground space, adapts itself to a multivariate program of vineyard culture and education. Once the sloped spaces flow into the factory sandwiched levels, the discovery of the wine making process exhibited, and experience through a sloped ramp, leads and defines the architectural experiences. The manufacture process is the built design. The structure is a purely functional expression of an “assemblage” of load bearing precast elements and cast in situ ones.

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The choice of the prefab design, guided the speed of obstruction with arched shells for the cellar spaces and beams and slabs for the vat and operation spaces. The cellar spaces are completely buried within the ground as a thermal sponge, creating the needed equilibrium of temperature and humidity. The Vat spaces open up to the North West to take in natural ventilation, critical to the verification process ( CO2 emissions ). The mechanical and management spaces top the factory spaces and control all exchange flows within the living machine.

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Raëd Abillama – Principal Architect

Raëd Abillama received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992 and Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design in 1993. He later received his Master of Architectural Design Degree from Columbia University, New York in 1994. He worked at Raphael Viñoly Architects PC, New York, from 1994 to 1996. There he was involved in and exposed to various large-scale projects. He established Raëd Abillama Architects in Lebanon in the year 1997.

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His vision was to create a setup which would include a wide array of professionals in both the design and production fields working side by side. In this spirit, he formed a parallel setup called A.C.I.D. (Abillama Chaya Industrial Design) specialized in the production of architectural detailing and product design field. This step would give better quality products as well as better design quality. This makes the transition from drafting board to product truer and promotes design as an asset.

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FIRM DESCRIPTION

Raëd Abillama Architects is an Architectural firm, founded in 1997, which provides comprehensive services in building design, interior design and industrial design. It has successfully completed many projects in a wide spectrum of programs and scale.
The firm’s diversified work includes banks, offices, commercial, and residential commissions. Projects range in scale from complete buildings to interiors for private apartments, corporate offices, retail stores, restaurant and architectural detailing. Several projects involving the rehabilitation, restoration and addition to historical structures have been completed by the firm.
Our staff of approximately twenty professionals (architects, interior architects and structural engineers) has the size, structure and experience to take on complex projects from schematic design to execution phase.

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The following services are offered either independently or as part of a comprehensive program dependent on each project’s specific requirements.

Architectural Design, Site Selection Analysis, Building Code Analysis, Programming, Specifications, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Furniture Selection, Graphic Design

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OFFICE METHODOLOGY

Our methodology is based on our experience in fast track projects with high quality finishing. A team approach facilitates the integration of technical, economic and management expertise into the planning and design of each project. We coordinate the work of an experienced team of structural, mechanical and specialty consultants. Cost control and scheduling are regarded as essential design tools. In addition, we have expertise in construction detailing and in-house shop drawings for items that are delicate and require precision finishing.

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It is through minimizing on-site decisions that we maintain quality of design. The goal of every project is to develop the solution that best meets each client’s individual needs. During supervision stage our team insures the proper follow up of the contractor for our design implementation on site. A continuous coordination with the contractor is supplied and the necessary redesign and approvals of alternatives is done. Hence respecting the design and helping control budget and time issues.

Image Courtesy © Géraldine Bruneel, Joe Kesrouani

Image Courtesy © Géraldine Bruneel, Joe Kesrouani

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