T Villa

  • Kornet Chehouane, Lebanon


    Kornet Chehouane, Lebanon
  • 6,250 sqm


    6,250 sqm
  • Completed 2008-2013


    Completed 2008-2013
  • Type:

  • Consulting Structural Engineer

    Nabil Hennaoui S.A.L
  • Consulting Mechanical Engineer

    Roger Kazopoulo
  • Built Area

    3,000 sqm
  • Consulting Interior Architect

    Rania Sabbagh
  • Consulting Electrical Engineer

    Gilbert Tambourgi
  • Consulting Landscape Architect

    Green Studios
  • General Concrete Contractor

    Hakime Entreprise
  • General Finishing Contractor

    Khater Contracting Group
  • Photography

    Iwan Baan / Ieva Saudargaite
  • Client


Offering no impression of itself and with little reference to scale and few walls, T Villa challenges the notion of boundaries and norms in domestic space.

Perched on a steep rocky slope in an area distinguished by its pine forest and captivating views of Beirut and the sea, this house is almost invisible at surface level. Layered, it consists of three flowing expanses of inhabitable concrete. These superposed cantilevered floors support the various elements of the brief, which are tied together by an internal ramp running through the villa. Open floors are presented as horizontal incisions that lend a certain structure to the rugged surroundings. Spacious inside, the cantilevered villa projects itself into empty space. Provocative, it surprises inhabitants with its interpretation of the landscape. With no outer skin, no envelope, it seems no more than an interior, all the more stunning for the way it creates apparently seamless interaction with the exterior.

  • Basement
  • First Floor
    First Floor
  • Ground Floor
    Ground Floor
  • Roof Plan
    Roof Plan
  • Site Plan
    Site Plan
  • Section
  • Model 1
    Model 1
  • Model 2
    Model 2
  • Model 3
    Model 3

Villa T shrugs off its surroundings. It seems to challenge the sense of dimensions and the relationship of architecture or space with its environment.


  • Bauwelt - 2012

    Bauwelt - 2012

    Youssef Tohme interviewed by Bauwelt in 2012 on the USJ Project in Beirut.