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  4. Lebanon
  5. platau
  6. 2016
  7. Wadi Penthouse / platau

Wadi Penthouse / platau

  • 03:00 - 24 January, 2017
Wadi Penthouse / platau
Wadi Penthouse / platau, © Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya

© Wissam Chaaya © Wissam Chaaya © Wissam Chaaya © Wissam Chaaya + 29

© Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya

Text description provided by the architects. The project is an interior refurbishment of a two floors penthouse for a family of four, located in Wadi Abu Jamil in Beirut Central District. The original arrangement of the penthouse presented a fragmented circulation between its two floors with poor spatial interaction, and a narrow main foyer.

© Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya

The most significant spatial intervention was the introduction of a double height space at the center of the house, reorganizing around it the once fragmented realms of living areas, work areas, storage and bedrooms. 

© Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya

Defined by a cladded wooden skin, such element features a widened entrance that transitions smoothly to the reception and brings back to its center the staircase as a feature element.The stairs become a floating structure within such space, suspended from the ceiling through vertical steel profiles that emphasize its lightness and its detachment from skin and slab, as if it’s floating in the middle of the double height space. 

© Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
© Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya
First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
© Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya

The wooden skin’s form reconciles the different misalignments and provides a curvilinear horizontal and vertical continuity between the widened lobby and adjacent spaces on both floors. This skin integrates doors to adjoiningrooms,storage closets, see through cutouts and incorporated lighting.It turns the corner to maintain the same treatment for the inner living room wall. Steel profiles stick out of the skin to create door handles and shelves. Complementing the minimal materiality, a playful custom made steel and copper lighting fixture hangs from the double height reception. 

© Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya

In contrast with its wooden skin core, the remaining surfaces of the penthouse are white paint for walls, white marble for floors and white steel for the staircase. The different rooms are designed with a recurrent system of having the exterior walls painted white and the internal walls with different playful wood cladding to incorporate doors, library and closets.

© Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya

During its development and execution phases, the project became an exploration of the wide array of means for both designing and fabricating architecture on the light on local craftsmanship constraints.

© Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya

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Cite: "Wadi Penthouse / platau" 24 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/803907/wadi-penthouse-platau/> ISSN 0719-8884

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