The first villa overhangs the shared garden, with a magnificent view of Harissa Mountain, the Jounieh bay, the city of Beirut, and the Mediterranean Sea.

The project concept is ruled by two fundamental principles:

a- THE ALTERNATION OF PLENUMS AND VACUUMS: the plot is composed as a set, without residual space, where the buildings, courtyards and gardens are inserted in between. Thus the living spaces are equally inside and outside, shaped to the temperate climate of the east. The precise composition is structured around a north/south axis on which major spaces alternate (For example, central courtyards and living-rooms) with the panoramic view in the back. These alternated spaces also serve as a filter from the public sphere (street), the semi-public one (access paths, entrances, and reception areas) and the private ones (family apartments).

This patchwork of plenums and vacuums rises with the villa, introducing suspended gardens which are also extensions of the family apartments above the ground. The layout made around indoor courtyards permits an optimum use of the external areas without outside intrusion into the family’s intimate spaces.  This is in line with the regional culture.


b- THE GEOMETRY: the alternated composition of courtyards and buildings conforms to the universal arithmetic and geometric rules which come from classical times. These rules were established considering the proportions of the human body (also called the ‘Golden Rule’) and enable a harmonious and harmonic spatial development.  For ORIENTALYS, we have defined a basic man-sized unit (180 cm). All house dimensions result from it according to the arithmetic rule established by the monk & mathematician Fibonacci. The logic is thus directed both to ergonomics, spirit and all senses (the aesthetic virtues of these proportions’ logic are universally recognized). 

ORIENTALYS is thus engraved into the regional and Mediterranean architectural heritage. Nevertheless, the house is clearly contemporary, fit for a modern way of life.