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.
Raëd Abillama Architects is an Architectural firm, founded in 1997, which provides comprehensive services in building design, interior design and industrial design. It has successfully completed many projects in a wide spectrum of programs and scale.
The firm’s diversified work includes banks, offices, commercial, and residential commissions. Projects range in scale from complete buildings to interiors for private apartments, corporate offices, retail stores, restaurants and architectural detailing. Several projects involving the rehabilitation, restoration and addition to historical structures have been completed by the firm.
Our staff of approximately twenty professionals (architects, interior architects and structural engineers) has the size, structure and experience to take on complex projects from schematic design to execution phase.
Our methodology is based on our experience in fast track projects with high quality finishing.
A team approach facilitates the integration of technical, economic and management expertise into the planning and design of each project. We coordinate the work of an experienced team of structural, mechanical and specialty consultants. Cost control and scheduling are regarded as essential design tools.
The goal of every project is to develop the solution that best meets each client’s individual needs.
Badaro Living, Badaro – Beirut, Lebanon – 2014
Ashrafieh Prince, Ashrafieh – Beirut, Lebanon – 2013
IXSIR Winery, Basbina – Batroun, Lebanon – 2012
Standard Invest – Mitsulift HQ, Dbayeh – Metn, Lebanon – 2012
Fidar Beach House, Fidar – Jbeil, Lebanon – 2011
Villa Yarze, Yarze – Baabda, Lebanon – 2010
N Residence, Sursock Stairs – Beirut, Lebanon – 2010
M & K House, Dbayeh – Metn, Lebanon – 2007
K & M House, Zouk el Khrab – Metn, Lebanon – 2003
Project work in progress:
THE OCTAGON – GHANA
Project selected for Archmarathon: IXSIR WINERY