RAËD ABILLAMA ARCHITECTS
Photos courtesy of Joe Kesrouani, Vinnie Volkerijk
Hotel & Leisure
Basbina, Batroun, Lebanon
A living spine of revealed processes and experiences, in strict to the wine making process, debuts from within the existing, resorted, 380 years old house, to flow within the layered functional spaces of the wine factory as a exhibited living wine making body.
Integrated within the green thick skin of the Basbina outskirts, the winery synthesises an old exciting resorted feudal house with the factory’s modern built structure. The initial approach focused on the complete symbiosis of the built with the natural.
Visitors slowly discover the setting as a minimal intervention on the landscape. In return the sitting of the old house stretches above the winery roof to unify the architectural unravelling.
The whole program, the cellar, the vats, the storage stacks, operation and management spaces… are the final destination of the house, as a main reception, insertion vantage, cascading itself underground, through a “welled” staircase.
The structure is a purely functional expression of an “assemblage” of load bearing precast elements and cast in situ ones.
The choice of the prefab design, guided the speed of obstruction with arched shells for the cellar spaces and beams and slabs for the vat and operation spaces. The cellar spaces are completely buried within the ground as a thermal sponge, creating the needed equilibrium of temperature and humidity.