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Al Ghanim Residence, Barouk

June 17, 2009



I have been a fan of the Lebanese architect Bernard Khoury ever since he designed Bo18 and Centrale in Beirut.  I was also one of the upset people when the Lebanese government decided on demolishing the Beirut City Center (something for a later post)  instead using Bernard Khoury’s design concept.


These images are of Al Ghanim Residence, which according to Bernard Khoury’s website is under progress and “is situated at the highest peak of the Barouk cedar reserve in the Chouf Mountains of Lebanon, the project sits on a 6.000 m2 plateau flattened in 1982 by the Israeli military forces to serve as a temporarily artillery base.


The 360º panorama is reconstructed and spread on a circular plane that defines the positioning of the program according to orientations. The fully glazed peripheral façade disappears mechanically into the ground to transform the interior spaces into outdoor belvedere terraces.


The only permanent built mass beyond the existing plateau level is the circular ring which defines the roof of the project. The 2.500 m2 project revolves around a central concave void that acts as a central open air courtyard. Rain and snow waters are collected and stored in an 18m diameter spherical reservoir below the courtyard. The reservoir is accessible by an underground gallery and serves as a winter swimming pool that releases a vertical flow of steam at the centre of the court above.”


I can only imagine how breathtaking the view might be from there.

“Serenity Now!” is all I can say.

What do you think?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2009 7:36 pm

    this is woooooooooooooow…i would live my whole life there!

  2. June 21, 2009 9:03 pm

    That would be somewhere where I can be free of all the stress in the world, I would seriously be on top of the world with not one worry!

    I would love to live there!!!

  3. Purgatory permalink
    June 21, 2009 9:18 pm

    Serenity NOW! SERENITY NOW!!

  4. Rita permalink*
    June 21, 2009 10:03 pm

    Maze: I doubt I can survive my whole life in such a serene place 🙂

    Jacqui: I think a weekend would do it for me… maybe a week and then I will return serene 🙂

    Purgie: Keep saying it, you might feel it 😉

  5. March 5, 2010 10:22 pm

    Thank you for this blog, it is very informative and I will be sure to reference it when needed throughout our website once we add our resources section. Keep up the great blogging and thanks again.

  6. January 5, 2011 12:59 pm

    Awesome place, awesome Architecture that’s Eternity!

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