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Villa Chams in Baalbek, Lebanon by Carl Gerges Architects

Laying remotely within Lebanon’s most arid and historical naturescape, Villa Chams embraces its surrounding’s identity from the flora to the Roman temples, and presents itself as a melodically elemental story teller.

Designed by Beirut-based architecture studio Carl Gerges Architects, Villa chams is located in Baalbek, Lebanon

At a distant glance, this one shelled structure grounds itself horizontally, while respectfully blending in with the mindfully preserved rocks, opunita, olive trees and other flora on a backdrop of distant mountains.
Upon a more intimate inspection, sporadically equidistant walls and columns orchestrate a rhythmic flow on a rudimentary grid, creating both introverted spaces and open extensions.

a villa in Baalbek Lebanon surrounded by nature Visualization © Carl Gerges Architects

The pool is floored with rough terrazzo, mixed with native mineral aggregates, which emits a grounding effect and massages the feet. Flowing like a river through concrete columns, the water comes to a gentle rest by bordering rocks that lead to a view of neighboring plants, distant mountains and sky.

pool inside the villa Visualization © Carl Gerges Architects

Rooms are naturally furnished with poured earth concrete walls, stone, light and layers of view, emitting an earthy sensorial balance. The music and reading room is infused a level lower into the ground which further introverts the spirit of it’s function and opens to an eye level glazed view of the outdoors.

stones can be seen from the inside of room through big glass windows Visualization © Carl Gerges Architects

The bathroom, irradiated solely through a skylight, is embraced with a floor to ceiling rock and contrasting smooth sound reflective walls which further enhance the soothing water acoustics. In further manifestation of the living nature of this house, certain materials are encouragingly left to change color aesthetics with the natural wear and tear of time.

bathroom with washing basin and mirror Visualization © Carl Gerges Architects

The seasonal nature of Baalabek adds another dimension to this built environment. Dry and sunny days can be enjoyed under shaded areas and within cooling rocks, while chilly mystical nights can be spent stargazing by the fireplace around the heated pool. Touching on all elements of the earth, this house is meticulously designed to emit feelings of harmonious tranquility with nature’s many sensorial layers, for a solemn retreat.

cozy living room with fireplace Visualization © Carl Gerges Architects

Villa Chams in Baalbek, Lebanon by Carl Gerges ArchitectsVisualization © Carl Gerges Architects

outdoor furniture and fire pit at the outside of the villa Visualization © Carl Gerges Architects

house in a desert in Baalbek Visualization © Carl Gerges Architects


Architecture firm: Carl Gerges Architects

Location: Baalbek, Lebanon

Built area: 700 m²

Tools used: Autodesk AutocadAutodesk 3ds max, Corona Renderer

Project name: Villa Chams

Principal architect: Carl Gerges

Interior design: Carl Gerges Architects

Design year: 2017

Completion year: 2020

Site area: 3200 m²

Landscape: Carl Gerges Architects

Visualization: ​Carl Gerges Architects

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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