House of Many Vaults

Niha / Lebanon / 2019

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Perched along the edge of the Shouf Mountains and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the residence sits below the shrine of the prophet Job, in the village of Niha, one of the most visited religious sites in Lebanon.


The 30mx30m residence is a reinterpretation of the cross-vaulted houses that donned the local mountainous landscape at the turn of the century. A series of vaults, pertaining to the different residential programs, scale up both in plan and in section, in ascending slopes towards the view, and intersect with perpendicular vaults to create access points for circulation.


Akin to a prostration position, the house scale kneels at its lowest towards the shrine, and opens up at its highest towards the view.


The vaults organize the program both on the ground floor and the upper floor with the main public functions of living rooms, dining area, office, guest bedroom and kitchen on the ground floor, and sleeping quarters both on the first floor with two master bedrooms each occupying one vault and the semi-open basement level that house the children’s bedrooms.


The historic house volume is here redefined, from a normative pitched roof sitting on a box with cross vaults below, collapsing into a new geometry where the roof of the house becomes both pitched from above, vaulted from below and twisted from the sides to form the rectangular base.


L.E.FT Architects: Makram el Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine
Team: Daniel Colvard (Project Architect), Fumio Hirakawa, Karie Titus, Khalil Melki
Landscape Architect: Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture
MEP+S Consultant Engineers: Rafik el Khoury and Partners
Lighting Consultant: PSlab
Contractors: ACON
Photography: Bahaa Ghoussainy

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    Perched along the edge of the Shouf Mountains and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the residence sits below the shrine of the prophet Job, in the village of Niha, one of the most visited religious sites in Lebanon. The 30mx30m residence is a reinterpretation of the cross-vaulted houses that donned the local mountainous landscape at the turn of the century. A series of vaults, pertaining to the different residential programs, scale up both in plan and in section, in ascending slopes towards...

    Project details
    • Year 2019
    • Work finished in 2019
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Interior Design
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