"Sustainable Architecture" - Two Projects in Lebanon completed 2003,
by Atef Tabet, architect
Atef Tabet & Associates Beirut-Lebanon Just completed the design and construction
of two separate large houses, 950 sq.meter each. Both houses are built on large
sites around 12,000 sq. meter located in rural mountaneous areas one in Mount
Lebanon, and the other to the south of Lebanon adjacent to Mount Haramoun. You
may see these houses at www.ateftabet.com.
Design Methodology: The landscape and the architecture are intertwined deliberately
as a cohesive, none separable entity, blending the inside of the house with its
immediate outdoors and the natural surrounding. A regional and a sustainable architecture
design approach with plan layout to fit the client’s contemporary life style.
The combination of rough / saw cut stone cladding ”Eclate”, The slanted
red roof tiles, Zinc titanium curved forms combination representing a vernacular
of a Mediterranean village. The insulated exterior double walls, clay/wood attics,
deep recessed double glazed cedar wood windows and wooden trellises utilized in
order to shade and temper the house interior environment, and sustain it comfortably
with a timeless design form friendly to its immediate neighborhood.
The Interior Architecture i.e. material selection, finishes, and color spectrum
/pallets, as well as the furniture pieces that has been designed by the office
and produced locally, were carefully applied and placed in order to enforce the
countryside Mediterranean atmosphere. The concept for both houses is to have a
sustainable timeless style, harmonious with the natural surroundings and its immediate
By Atef Tabet, architect