Amchit Residence

Architects Karim Nader Studio
Location: Lebanon, Amchit
Year: 2014
Area: 700 m2
Photographs: Leva Saudargaitė
Other Team Members: Collaborator: Jemma Chidiac Custom Lighting Design And Manufactory: PSLab Electrical Engineer: Roger Noujeim Mechanical Engineer: Bachir Saade Structural Engineer: Antoine Bou Chedid

Conceived as a layering of decks, the beach house seeks to maximize its relationship with the sea through a visual and compositional celebration of horizontality in general and the Mediterranean horizon in particular. The slabs are held by a minimal steel structure made of equally sized square columns on a regular module of 2.55m, as well as a discreet glass enclosure.

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Image by Leva Saudargaitė

With plenty of quality views and maximizing daylight entrance. The main design aspect was to create a residence with low impact development.

Image by Leva Saudargaitė

Given the inclined nature of the site, the house is approached by car on the street level just below the upper deck. At the external landing entrance, the circulation interconnects the three levels of the house. The upper platform contains the master bedroom that opens up on an elongated lap pool and expansive sun deck. The middle platform houses two bedrooms and a family living. Finally, the lower deck serves as a reception area that extends outdoors towards the sea through an infinity pool as well as a staircase to the shore. In addition to the inner circulation core, a smooth promenade formed by a system of external ramps and staircases connects the platforms, linking the various levels of the rocky landscape that stretches between the street all the way to the sea.

Image by Leva Saudargaitė

The rhythms of the steel structure and wooden decking create a multiplicity of overlapping patterns of shadows that vary in direction and length all through the day rendering the simple structure at once complex and alive. At the particular moment of the sunset, the house, oriented almost due west at the elevation that faces the sea, acts as a photographic diaphragm that invites the rays of the setting sun into the depths of the house, dashing the prototypical spaces in a horizontal glow of deep red.

Image by Leva Saudargaitė
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