Studio Class at UC Berkeley
Studio Class at UC Berkeley

Melting in the landscape

This project was developed by Lara Bou Chebl as a student from Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts - ALBA (University of Balamand) and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Housing category.

Melting in the landscape

How to build in a rural area with a relatively high density without compromising the integration with the natural site? This projects tries to answer that…

This residential project consists of four individual houses in the mountains of Lebanon in a village named Ain Aar.

What struck me most after my visit to Ain Aar’s town square was how this village was still so green and how it kept the same traditional style and pleasant atmosphere. So the idea was to get out of the typology of buildings and try to recreate the spatiality of the old villages.

The concept was to integrate the 4 houses while giving each one an access to a garden,

All the trees were kept, more were planted. The projects sits on the slope minimizing the excavations.

I created a central platform that will be the heart of the project and a point where all the habitants can gather and socialize. There is also a stair that makes its way up like the old stairs delimited by the walls of the houses.

At the end of the promenade between spaces and terraces I reach the final element which is like a perch / observatory overlooking the view.