Landmark Residence In Beirut Built Atop An Existing Structure

Located in Beirut, Lebanon, this residence is also the home of the architect who envisioned it, Bernard Khoury. The project was conceived in 2008 and the residence was completed in 2013. It’s a three-story structure built on top of a 9-story building.

Although it doesn’t share any visible structural elements with the building on top of which it stands, the contrast between the two is not exactly dramatic. However, the residence does act as an independent structure.

The reception area, the dining room, the master bedroom and the kitchen are all situated on the lower level. A double-height library with steel-grating bridge also extends onto the mezzanine level. Floor-to-ceiling windows expose the residence to views of the city. The sculptural design of the Lui chair by Philippe Bestenheider allows this piece to become a subtle focal point for the seating area.

The layout and overall design are casual, welcoming and simple. Wooden panel cladding was used on the floors and walls and this allows the spaces to feel warm and inviting. The industrial accents complement the modern and traditional elements. A long and narrow dining table brings all the other pieces of furniture together in a very natural way.

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