paul kaloustian architect

paul kaloustian architect

Beirut, LB



Project: flower house
Location: Beit Mery. Lebanon
Land Area: 5000m2
Area: 864m2
Interior Area: 537m2
Design: 2012

This project is designed for an art collector as a secondary house in the mountain. The client requested a house where he would disconnect from his busy lifestyle in the city.
The site is kept without landscaping and without fencing thus diluting the project into the pine tree forest around.

Our design proposal was to discard the idea of building a mass on the site and instead to make the house disappear. The house became underground arranged around a big courtyard.
The land is instead left to be appropriated by the client (jogging, picnic, napping, horse riding etc)
The house is a corridor like space around a big courtyard covered with flowers. The program of the house revolves around the courtyard that allows light, rain and wind to enter freely into the project.
The courtyard is presented as a landscape that is radically different with a “flower” floating roof filtering light and white gravel floor shaped by transparent curved surfaces that somehow create blured boundaries.

The courtyard becomes more a planted roof that an open sky, the landscape becomes colorful flowers hanging at 2.8m over a stone garden.

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Status: Built
Location: Beit Mery, Lebanon