M Villa

  • Kornet Chehouane, Lebanon

    Location:

    Kornet Chehouane, Lebanon
  • 1,700 sqm

    Area:

    1,700 sqm
  • Completed 2017

    Status:

    Completed 2017
  • Type

    Residential
  • Consulting Structural Engineer

    Nabil Hennaoui S.A.L
  • Consulting Mechanical Engineer

    Roger Kazopoulo
  • Built Area

    950 sqm
  • Consulting Electrical Engineer

    Gilbert Tambourgi
  • Project and Cost Management

    FEM consult
  • General Concrete Contractor

    Hakime Entreprise
  • General Finishing Contractor

    Khater Contracing Group
  • Photographer

    Eddy Yazbeck

Set on a steep mountainside, this villa sits like a rock that has survived erosion, an architectural extension of the mountain that simultaneously serves as a point of fracture and a limit.

Located close to a main road above, the project resembles a powerful monolith, its details difficult to see. The twin strategy of extending the house into the landscape outside and integrating the landscape with the interior creates a sensation of contradiction that lies somewhere between liberty and confinement. Free of internal structure and open to the view of Beirut and the sea, the house is characterized by its open plan and multiple staircases that become generators of distinctive spatial experiences. Each new space becomes an intermediate zone for the one that follows, elements in the creation of a two-way movement through the house.

  • Site Plan
    Site Plan
  • Section 1
    Section 1
  • Section 2
    Section 2
  • Ground Floor Plan
    Ground Floor Plan
  • First Floor Plan
    First Floor Plan
  • Mass Plan
    Mass Plan

Both a transitional space and one that expresses a strong connection between the built environment and nature, the pool area extends from the terrace to the entrance.

Reception and entry areas have panoramic 180-degree views that are extended by the monumental terrace overlooking the valley. The living room on the lower level overlooks the valley while the bedrooms open onto Beirut via vast glass walls, framing the ‘tabula rasa’ of the coast.

Publications

  • Bauwelt - April 2015

    “Youssef Tohme is rooted in Lebanon. Beirut’s current construction boom is generating a welcome boost for its smaller builders. This is something he considers part of today’s urban and rural landscape.” Read More