Fidar Beach House by Raëd Abillama Architects

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Location: Fidar, Jbeil, Lebanon

Built-up area: 506 m²

Land area: 3,100 m²

Photography: © Géraldine Bruneel

This summer beach house for a family of five and three guests is situated in Jbeil, along the northern coast of Lebanon. Despite its rugged nature, the site is restricted by a mandatory 10m shoreline setback. This limits the project’s placement to a relatively flat area between a secondary private road and the sea. The project aims at preserving the natural qualities of the site by seamlessly integrating itself to the existing landscape.

The overall design strategy had major implications on the programmatic and tectonic concept of the beach house. Public spaces are placed at site entry level and private spaces are positioned at the lower levels. The top level is constructed as a platform raised on short columns, with the intention of minimal alteration of the natural rocky landscape, while enhancing the view of the shoreline. The edge of the deck is lowered, along with the strip adjacent to it in order to remove any obstructions in front of the view.

Elevating and lowering of the terraces creates a sequence of seating conditions that further animates the outdoor deck. The stairwell and entrance hall are grouped with lighting and ventilation shafts to create a threshold between levels of public spaces. The outdoor pergola and shower cabin further extend this demarcation line. The platform rests on the bedrooms which are placed as close as possible to the shore.

This personalized relationship is further explored through tailored openings catering to different programmatic requirements, as well as highlighting specific events in the surrounding environment. By their plug-in qualities the guest quarters enjoy the independence of a guest-house while connecting to the main house.

Raëd Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel

All images courtesy of Raëd Abillama Architects

Raëd Abillama Architects

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Raëd Abillama

Raëd Abillama received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992 and Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design in 1993. He later received his Master of Architectural Design Degree from Columbia University, New York in 1994. He worked at Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, New York, from 1994 to 1996. There he was involved in and exposed to various large-scale projects.

He established Raëd Abillama Architects in Lebanon in the year 1997. His vision was to create a setup which would include a wide array of professionals in both the design and production fields working side by side. In this spirit, he formed a parallel setup called A.C.I.D. (Abillama Chaya Industrial Design) specialized in the production of architectural detailing and product design field.
This step would give better quality products as well as better design quality. This makes the transition from drafting board to product truer and promotes design as an asset. more


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