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Y Chalet in Faraya, Lebanon by PARALX

Project name:
Y Chalet
Architecture firm:
Faraya, Lebanon
Bahaa Ghoussainy
Principal architect:
Karim Moussawer
Design team:
Karim Moussawer (Principal); Renati Mhanna (Partner), Team: Nermin Halaseh, Joanne Choueiri
Interior design:
Built area:
650 m²
Site area:
600 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Adolf Matar
Environmental & MEP:
Kamal Sioufi
Bahaa Ghossainy
Tools used:
Autodesk 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Rhinoceros 3D
Pierre Acra
Nicole & Salah Yamout
Residential, Houses

The PARALX  design approach always questions typologies, and Y Chalet is no different.

This private residence in Faraya, Lebanon does not subscribe to the traditional “swiss chalet” profile of most homes in the area. Instead, it draws from the local topography to enhance views of the adjacent mountains, mimicking the natural plateau upon which the house sits.

aerial view of a White House in Lebanese mountainimage © Bahaa Ghoussainy

The 6,757-square-foot Y Chalet is located between the ski villages of Mzaar and Faqra. Inspired by the surrounding rugged environment and the nearby natural Faqra bridge, its monolithic form is clad with roughly textured agglomerate tiles that are manufactured locally. The white stone wrapping the polyhedron gives the house the appearance of blending into the snow in winter, and standing out in the summer. The building envelope is punctuated by a series of strategically placed windows and expansive glass that effectively projects vistas into the house and brings the outdoors in.

modern house with stone cladding image © Bahaa Ghoussainy

A basement level houses a car park, utilities, and ample storage space for skis and mountain bikes; and two floors above grade host living and recreation space. The interior of the house is designed around the living room’s dual orientation to the north and south with continuous sliding glass. When both elevations are open during the summer, and a prevailing northern wind is blowing across the valley, the space is naturally cooled and ventilated. Beyond the wide sliding windows, the front garden and grassy backyard further blurs the line between indoor and outdoor delineation. During winter, a large skylight oriented southward brings in sun exposure and helps warm the interior. On the second level, a sky bridge connects a children’s bedroom to the parents’ private space, and doubles as a reading area for both adults and children. The adult’s room on the northern side of the house also features a wide, movable glass exterior wall. 

backyard garden with green grass image © Bahaa Ghoussainy

Though used primarily as a ski house, Y Chalet is also a pleasant summer home. People often escape the hot and humid coast in favor of the cooler mountain climate--Y Chalet is just 30 miles from Beirut. In the summer, the owners of Y Chalet can enjoy biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities in the mountains.

Y Chalet was awarded a 2018 Single-Family Residential Architecture award from AIA Los Angeles & German design award.

snowy mountain in Lebanon image © Bahaa Ghoussainy

house with white exterior at winter image © Bahaa Ghoussainy

house surrounded with snow image © Bahaa Ghoussainy

mountain view in Lebanon image © Bahaa Ghoussainy

mountain road aerial view image © Bahaa Ghoussainy

small living space with large glass window image © Bahaa Ghoussainy

home with illumination at night image © Bahaa Ghoussainy

Ground Floor Plan Ground Floor Plan 

First Floor Plan First Floor Plan 

Roof Plan 

Wall Section structural details Wall Section 

architectural Section Section 

Architecture Section drawing Section 

East Elevation East Elevaton 

West Elevaton drawing West Elevaton 

North Elevaton facade North Elevaton 

South Elevaton drawing South Elevaton 

Design process illustration Design process 

Axonometric drawing Axonometric 

Elevation architecture drawing Elevation

Facade colored drawing Facade 

Facade 3d Drawing Facade detail 

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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