On the Rocks by Karim Nader Studio

A natural inviting cradle on a spectacular canvas of grays

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Appreciation towards Karim Nader Studio for providing the following description.


It is on a spectacular canvas of grays that he desires to retreat. He chooses an inspiring site in Faqra where rock formations carved by millennia of rain and snow compose a natural inviting cradle with panoramic views to the club, the surrounding rock park, the valleys and Beirut beyond.

▼项目鸟瞰,Aerial view © Dia Mrad

▼住宅外观,Exterior view © Dia Mrad


▼轴测图,axon © Karim Nader Studio

Seeking a total immersion in nature, we expand the existing grey canvas into man-made fair-faced concrete volumes that contain the intimate functions of the house. Bridging across those apparently dispersed boxes, a zinc roof floats to create a seeming enclosure. But where roof happens, enclosure disappears, and where enclosure happens, roof disappears. The intimacy of enclosure is here opposed to the openness of an extreme transparency as they do not happen at once in this atypical house.

▼锌制的屋顶漂浮在分散的混凝土“盒子”之上 © Dia Mrad
A zinc roof floats across the apparently dispersed concrete boxes

▼从岩层间望向建筑,View from the rocks © Dia Mrad

▼岩石和雪景,The snow-covered landscape © Dia Mrad


The boxes contain three ‘punctured’ bedrooms, where every entrance at the turn of an angle opens up to a small patio with a tree, a rock and a selected perspective to the outside. The rooms are warm worlds, fully cladded in wood to create the needed double wall without exceeding a contemporary standard of thickness.

▼施工期间照片,Construction phase © Marwan Harmouche

▼混凝土盒子之间,Between the concrete boxes © Marwan Harmouche


The reception area is the absence of enclosure to an extreme. Sitting under a bridging roof 18m in length, its fully operable facade to the north and south creates an unusual setup for such an environment where the possibility of living outside during the spring, summer and fall becomes the natural invitation.

▼模型:接待区位于一个18米长的桥型屋顶之下 © Marwan Harmouche
Model: The reception area sits under a bridging roof 18m in length


The house is entered from the west side via a cascading staircase that meanders around the rocks, reaching to the reception platform/terrace where a long pool juts out towards the view and cascades down towards the street. The southeast corner with its existing circular rock formation becomes the receptacle for a sundeck with a fire and an extended reception terrace with lavender, scattered smaller rocks and pebbles in the zen tradition.

▼住宅周围的自然景观,Natural landscape © Dia Mrad


The overall composition – a multitude of grey volumes surmounted by a roof – do reiterate the elements of a house iconography. But it is as if nature has taken over, and in the numerous gaps where light seeps at varying angles, it is more of a garden folly that emerges this time.

▼建筑与灰色的“画布”相融,the house is on a spectacular canvas of grays © Dia Mrad

▼手绘,Sketch © Karim Nader

▼模型,Model © Marwan Harmouche

▼首层平面图,Ground floor plan © Karim Nader Studio

▼屋顶平面图,Roof plan © Karim Nader Studio

▼地下一层平面图,Basement floor plan 1 © Karim Nader Studio

▼地下二层平面图,Basement floor plan 2 © Karim Nader Studio

▼北立面图,North elevation © Karim Nader Studio

▼南立面图,South Elevation © Karim Nader Studio

▼西立面图,West elevation © Karim Nader Studio

▼剖面图A,Section A © Karim Nader Studio

▼剖面图B,Section B © Karim Nader Studio

▼剖面图C,Section C © Karim Nader Studio

Project name: On the Rocks
Location: Faqra, Lebanon
Client: Private
Project status: Built (summer 2021)
Architect: Karim Nader Studio
Project partner: Roula Assaf
Project Team: Karim Nader with Roula Assaf, Elie Christian Naameh, Yasmina Baladi, Omar Faress Darwish, Elias el Hage
Structural engineering: Elie Turk
MEP engineering: EAK Signature
Construction: MAK Builders
Rami Kassem and Walid Sader
Photography: Dia Mrad (completed), Marwan Harmouche (under construction)
Press office: Cultivar

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