A mountain escape demonstrating the therapeutic power of serene
landscapes. A contemporary space that caters to moments
of private contemplation as well as memorable gatherings.
A landscape expression that seamlessly extends the architecture
and interior into the outdoors. While transmitting a
sensation of harmony between the natural and manmade,
the Elie Saab residence shows how simplicity in design
and well-crafted execution leave behind a sense of presence.
A residential chalet with two facets.
An escape from the hectic lifestyle of a renowned fashion
designer and a venue for hosting major gatherings. Withstanding
severe climatic conditions at an altitude of 2000 meters,
with its limited 1850 m2 site, the landscape architectural
program is comprised of a sequence of four spaces. The
entrance approach, flowing to the upper terrace, extending
to the side garden, and finally leading to the lower
and main terrace.
The entrance approach consists of a main
door preceded by a six-meter high wooden enclosure,
raised to keep the snowfall away and to compensate for
the limited planting depth. Large oak trees were planted
to frame the house and give privacy from the street.
Solid stone steps with recessed lighting bridge the
The upper terrace represents a tight continuity
between indoor and outdoor spaces. A subtle paving pattern
pulls the interior stone to the outside, diluting it
with grass grooves as it gets further from the house,
and closer to nature. All balustrades are lowered and
transformed into wide planters to provide an uninterrupted
view of the mountains and provide for overflow seating
during major events.
The side garden, a simple maple forest,
offers a sense of calm and privacy, acting as a solid
screen between the house and main road, and allowing
for overflow events from the upper terrace.
The lower terrace depicts the heart of
this project. It represents strong linearity and control
through a series of two simple rectangles, one being
raised as a mirror of water, the swimming pool in disguise,
and the other a flat terrace with two integrated recessed
sitting areas with fireplaces. Ones seated eye level
is thus aligned with the water surface, in total peaceful
collision with the lavish mountain ranges that frame
this panoramic view. All lighting and drainage are totally
concealed and incorporated as part of the design. To
add a new dimension to the experience, with a touch
of a hidden button, fire places light up from the central
tables to warm the cool evenings of the Faqra climate
and set the nocturnal ambiance.
Chakib Richani Architects
Espace Faqra sal
Mattar Bureau D'etudes
Mr. Nadim Feghali
Cesar Debbas + Fils
Watertech Contracting sal
Planting Supplier + Contracting:
Pepiniere Peter Holman