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Villa E. Sfeir

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Villa E. Sfeir

Type:  Private house
Client: Elias Sfeir
Collaborator: Simon Saade
Location: Reyfoun, Lebanon
Size: 1500 m2
Year: 2015
Status: In progress

Lead Architect: Alexandre ZEIN
Design Team: Pamela Saliby, Abir Antonios

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The house is located in a strategic location in Reyfoun where views of the expansive and carefully considered mountain landscape permeate the house in a perfectly natural slope. The villa and surrounding nature form one sturdy unit. In order to solve the constraints of natural topography, the project was outlined using a natural grid where terraces overhang a descending water channel creating a balance between interior and exterior through the use of water, glazing, and skylights. In the core of the house is the vertical circulation and all house services; the inner spaces are connected to the exterior via sliding glass doors. The spatial and functional distribution explores crisscrossed views, communicability and vitality of and between spaces that are articulated with the natural constraints. The program is distributed through a sense that enhances clear distinction between social zones in the ground floor level (terrace, living room, dining room, and kitchen) from the private zone in the first floor (bedrooms, bathrooms). The introduction of white finish materials reinforces the natural light of the inclusive spaces and allow a deliberate connection between spaces and the domestic environment. The integration of the house with nature affects human’s psychology offering a calm and peaceful environment where only the sounds of nature animate the house.