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House in the woods by Zein Engineering

The Lebanon-based architecture firm Zein Engineering has recently designed ''House in the woods'' a mountain house that located in Batroun, a coastal city in northern Lebanon and one of the oldest cities in the world.

Architect's statement: The house is a sole meditating body situated far away from societies and the bustling urban assemblies, surrounded by a mountainous topography and a dense vegetation, offering its dwellers a way of life in tune with nature.

a wooden cabin house in nature

The volume of the house is a perched element detaching itself subtly from the ground and orienting itself towards the infinite sky, overlooking the sequence of mountains that frame the amazing views of the sea’s horizon. The ascending movement of the house is designated by an accessible stairway to immaterialism, scrounging from nature the essential wooden material to build this house in a way that minimizes the environmental impact of the structure.

House in the woods by Zein Engineering

Through energy efficiency, eco-friendly materials or a plain harmony with its surroundings, the new architecture aims to conserve the biodiversity of the area to become a part from nature.

architectural plan for a cabin house

Air, light and sound are the three essential elements that synergies the house with nature because it already offers perks that we normally try to reproduce through artificial materials. The trees interact with the verticality of the ascending strips of the project.

interior image of a cabin house in Lebanon

The house’s serenity and sensibility can literally allow the end-user to hear the sound of the bees and birds that nest with in them, smelling the pure air of nature while the casting sun rays perfectly infiltrate to the house during Winter season and outlines shadows during Summer.

the wooden strips used as the exterior material fo this forest house

House in the woods by Zein Engineering

architectural sections

Conceptual diagram

structure diagram

Project name: House in the woods 

Architecture firm: Zein Engineering

Location: Batroun, Lebanon

Area: 100 m² 

Year: 2020

Status: In progress 

Lead architect: Alexander Zein 

Design team: Hisham Salameh, Namen Bassil, Lucciana Nasrallah 

Client: Elie bouery 


By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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