Date: 2014 , under construction Size: 2500sf interior Services: Architecture
Designed for a young local family, this summer retreat in the Lebanese mountains blurs the distinction between built landscape and architecture. In plan, the house creates a three-sided courtyard open to the southern view. Its rear facade is half-submerged into the hillside, acting as a retaining wall. In elevation, the house follows the gable-pitched roof required by code, and presents itself as an abstract mountain, another peak in the series of mountaintops on view from the property. A large hole through the center of the building allows the upper grade of the hillside to roll through the house into the courtyard. The interior is comprised of a porch-like living space and a string of bedrooms which are linked by a long ramping corridor. A rectangular loft space above connects the ground floor to the upper grade.