Architect’s Statement: The site is kept without landscaping and without fencing thus diluting the project into the pine tree forest around.
Our design proposal was to discard the idea of building a mass on the site and instead to make the house disappear. The house became underground arranged around a big courtyard.
The land is instead left to be appropriated by the client (jogging, picnic, napping, horse riding etc). The house is a corridor like space around a big courtyard covered with flowers. The program of the house revolves around the courtyard that allows light, rain and wind to enter freely into the project.
The courtyard is presented as a landscape that is radically different with a “flower” floating roof filtering light and white gravel floor shaped by transparent curved surfaces that somehow create blured boundaries.
the courtyard becomes more a planted roof that an open sky, the landscape becomes colorful flowers hanging at 2.8m over a stone garden.
Location: Beit Mery. Lebanon
Type: Houses – Residential
Architects: Paul Kaloustian – www.paulkaloustian.com
Land Area: 5000m2
Interior Area: 537m2