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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.

The Terraces, Brih in Lebanon by Accent Design Group

 
September 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Accent Design Group

The design for a single-family villa in the Chouf mountains in Lebanon, took its inspiration from the landscape and the territory. The villa is located in the small village of Brih, which witnessed destruction and desolation during the Lebanese war.

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

  • Architects: Accent Design Group
  • Project: The Terraces, Brih
  • Location: Brih, Lebanon
  • Photography: Arch. Jad Ghorayeb
  • Client: Bou Ezzedine
  • Lead Architect: Elie Abs
  • Project Consultant: Elie G. Haddad
  • Project Team: Aline Fadous, Jad Fenergi, Luana Mahfouz, Nada Noueihed, Petia Ratzov

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

  • Interior Design: ADG Interiors
  • MEP Consultant: Wissam Tawil & Associates
  • Structural Consultant: Joseph Diab
  • Built Area: 1350 sqm
  • Completion Year: 2017

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

The concept evolved as a composition in two volumes, separate yet connected through the main entrance/lobby: on the frontal side, the public functions, and in the back the family areas contained in a two-storey structure. The resulting U-shape configuration encloses an outdoor space with a pool, almost like a private piazza, open to the landscape.

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

The approach to the villa is through a meandering road at the bottom of the hill, passing though the terraced olive groves, which follow the natural topography. The building accentuates this horizontal composition, as a terminal point, combining natural stone with a contrasting white stucco in its finishing.

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

The villa embeds itself discretely within the site through this sensitive arrangement of elements, deriving its minimalistic aesthetic from the typology of traditional forms, rendered in modern forms. It reinterprets the traditional typology by opening up to the landscape, while recreating a sequence of passages and patios reminiscent of traditional architecture. The house avoids contemporary fascination with ‘glamorous’ forms, or the reactionary imposition of ‘monumental’ mansions, focusing instead on the integration in the landscape, the context, and its history.

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Arch. Jad Ghorayeb

Image Courtesy © Accent Design Group

Image Courtesy © Accent Design Group

Image Courtesy © Accent Design Group

Image Courtesy © Accent Design Group

Image Courtesy © Accent Design Group

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