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Wadi 800 Residence

A rehabilitation leading to a reinterpretation, this Lebanese house is a harmonious culmination of heritage meets modernity.

 

The project is an old Lebanese house renovated to respectfully maintain its traditional aspects while adapting it to a contemporary lifestyle.

It is divided into 2 parts: one side inhabits the living and common areas for family gatherings while the other caters for private areas and bedrooms. 

 

The furniture is entirely custom-designed to each space. They rest as art pieces and subtly translates the function of each room. Optimizing the natural light, a warm palette integrates rich layers of textures and colors; walnut and oak wood, oxidized brass and copper, patina walls, large arches of wooden window frames, italian calacatta marble floors in the communal spaces and recuperated ceramic traditional tiles integrated with wood in the private areas.

 

A central axis, the gallery space, connects both parts, giving a visual openness from one side to the other. It is dressed in white and embodies the communal activities of the house with 2 living areas divided by a 3-arched wall with indoor plants to integrate some greenery and serve as a separation. Artworks are dispersed all over the walls. Distributing onto floor-to-ceiling carved doors, the main space invites its inhabitants to 6 colorful peripheral rooms; following the client’s desires, each room is carefully designed with a different function and style to satisfy their lifestyle and needs.

In the aim of crystalizing the preconceived communal aspect of traditional life, every space was designed in a way to adapt them to a modern lifestyle. It subtly captures Levantine culture without falling into clichés of Orientalism and grandiosity.

Client | T.S

Location | Wadi Abou Jmeel Street, Mina El Hosn, Beirut Central District, Lebanon

Area | 400 sqm

Date of Completion | September 2017

Team | Tessa Sakhi, Tara Sakhi

General Contractor | Antoine Mouawad

Sub-Contractor | Joe Habchy

Landscape | Roots & So Green

Photos | Ieva Saudargaite @ieva.saudargaite