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A haven of peace in Fatré

A haven of peace in Fatré


Light-filled volumes with the heights of Mount Lebanon and the Mediterranean on either side, and a dazzling view of the Adonis Valley. Located in Fatré, a village in the Jbeil district of Lebanon, this project, designed by Boulos Douaihy of the Platau architectural firm, consists of a contemporary residence designed for living in total transparency, far from the eyes.

Leave Beirut and its noise behind and head straight to the district of Jbeil, more precisely to the locality of Fatré, where the Platau architecture firm has brilliantly designed a little corner of paradise, ideal for recharging one’s batteries and escaping stress. Clinging to the side of a slope, this refuge with a strong contemporary style stands out first of all by its privileged location on rocky formations, in a ravine bordering the mythical Adonis Valley with sumptuous views over the green heights of Mount Lebanon to the east and the azure blue of the Mediterranean to the west. Bordered by native pines and oaks, the house, spread over 250 m2, is perfectly integrated into the natural, green and wild scenery, becoming, from then on, a link between nature and man. This was the challenge of its construction. Embedded in the sloping plot, it skillfully plays with volumes and materials. Developed on three levels, its spirit adapts to the slope, even to the topography of the site, without distorting it. That said, its central part is articulated around two entities, two white concrete cubes housing living spaces linked by a glass staircase. This backbone presents a mass that cascades down the slope and projects towards the view, thanks to large glass facades. Inside, the generous spaces are highlighted by high ceilings. The living rooms, entirely turned towards the outside, are extended by terraces that make this welcoming cocoon the idyllic place to get away from it all, even for a weekend.

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