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Terrace House 2 / Hala Younes, Architecture and Landscape

Terrace House 2 / Hala Younes, Architecture and Landscape

© Samer Rawadi © Géraldine Bruneel © Géraldine Bruneel © Géraldine Bruneel + 16

Houses  · 
Chatine, Lebanon
  • Mechanical Engineering

    WTA
  • Structural Engineering

    Nabil Salibi
  • Collaborators

    Jean Nmeir, Leen Shamlati, Dany Arackji
  • Garden Area

    15,000 m2
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© Samer Rawadi
© Samer Rawadi

Text description provided by the architects. The house is situated in Chatine, Mount Lebanon, it is built in a mountainous setting named Qalʽet el Hsar, meaning “the besieged fortress” in Arabic. The site had been a gravel quarry abandoned 30 years ago, which left a sunken space surrounded by remaining rock formations.

© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel
Lower Floor Plan
Lower Floor Plan
© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel

Even though the ground has been dramatically reshaped by the stone extraction activities, the project is delicately inserted into the edge of this protected place.

© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel

The house consists of two main levels; the upper one includes the family spaces and a protected terrace while the lower one engages with the outdoor and includes the receptions and service areas. The slight rotation between the two levels gives the lower one a favorable north view and the upper one exposure to the eastern sun.

© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel

The two levels are connected by a void linking a south-oriented skylight with the natural rocks of the cave beneath. The skylight ensures solar heating in winter and contributes together with the cave in providing natural ventilation in summer. The house is reduced to two raw concrete slabs anchored in the rocks and a wood-framed glass skin thus inscribing it in the site like a seasonal shelter.

© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel
Cross Section
Cross Section
© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel

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Cite: "Terrace House 2 / Hala Younes, Architecture and Landscape" 28 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/923760/terrace-house-2-hala-younes-architecture-and-landscape/> ISSN 0719-8884

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