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The terraces, Brih, Lebanon

Wednesday 30 Aug 2017
 

Tumbling terraces

 
The terraces by Accent Design Group in Brih, Lebanon
Arch. Jad Ghorayeb 
 
The terraces by Accent Design Group in Brih, Lebanon The terraces by Accent Design Group in Brih, Lebanon The terraces by Accent Design Group in Brih, Lebanon The terraces by Accent Design Group in Brih, Lebanon The terraces by Accent Design Group in Brih, Lebanon The terraces by Accent Design Group in Brih, Lebanon
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Set into a mountain-side in the Lebanon this family home works with the surrounding landscape 

The design for this single-family villa by Accent Design Group 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.

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.

The approach to the villa is through a meandering road at the bottom of the hill, passing through 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.

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. 

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Accent Design Group
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