Twenty miles above Beirut, the village of Baaddat on Mount Lebanon serves as the dramatic site for this family villa. The property is covered with pinenut trees clinging to the rocky slope which drops twenty meters at a 45-degree incline. The architecture is a vehicle for traversing the steep slope and bringing the client in contact with the landscape.
Composed of a series of boxes, the building climbs four stories, digging into the hillside to create outdoor terraces at each floor. Multiple interior and exterior stairs wind through and around the house, linking program with landscape and view. Several double-height interior volumes reinforce visual links to the sloping hillside and highlight the movement of people through the house and around the property, while large picture windows frame mountain vistas and define lounge areas.