Gallery featuring images of the Handsome Zgharta Residence by platau, a modern design using traditional materials.
Welcome to our gallery of the Handsome Zgharta Residence by platau.
This home sits embedded in the hillside, and slopes gently into the main road. The high retaining wall allows for an unobstructed view of the surrounding Mediterranean olive grove landscape.
Split into two different levels, this home features a division of space between bathrooms, bedrooms, and other technical spaces. The upper level is more of a living space, complete with floor to ceiling windows throughout, providing an excellent view of the surrounding Lebanon hills.
The natural flow of the house follows that of the hill in which it is embedded. As a result, there are several different patio spaces and sections of grass around the house. Providing space for relaxation and other outdoor activities.
The interior has open spaces, each room connecting to the next in some form. The large windows help to make transitions from space to space smooth.
A fully glazed floor in the homes interior helps to reflect the natural light let in by the numerous windows, and contributes to a modern feel throughout the inside of the home.
The bedrooms and bathrooms featured on the lower level are small and simple. This shows that the house structure is focused mainly on the living areas, such as the living room, kitchen, and library.
These main living areas on the upper level are where most of the resident’s time is meant to be spent. Hence you will see the many different doors opening up to the rooftop patios and grassy yards.
Although there are plenty of outdoor spaces to relax, as well as a surplus of floor to ceiling windows, this home has sufficient privacy features. Lining the windows are thick curtains that can be drawn to create privacy.
In addition, the large retaining wall encompasses the house, creating privacy and drawing all of the patio features and two different levels together.
Photography: Ieva Saudargaite
From across the plain, you will notice the long retaining wall that extends far past the home itself. This provides an extra amount of privacy not only for the home, but for the surrounding yard as well.
As the daylight fades and we move in closer to the home, you will start to see some definition around the exterior. The stone walls make this home look more natural within the surrounding landscape. A warm glow from the windows suggest a welcoming atmosphere despite the high stone walls.
Around the side of the exterior, it becomes apparent that this home is set into a hillside. Just over the retaining wall you will see the top of the garage door, along with an entrance on the side of the home.
The opposite side of the exterior is much different, as you can see through large windows, revealing a bedroom on the lower level and a living area up above. The yard is contained within the retaining wall, and the two levels divided by another stone wall within the space.
Moving in closer, you get a better look at the upper level, and a clear view of the yard. Multiple doors around the upper level lead out to this small grassy area, which provides a patio-like space.
An open sliding door reveals the interior of the upper level, and you will see a large living space. The large pendant lighting matches the furniture, and the brick wall opposite of the windows is the back bone upon which the room was built.
Looking at the same space from the other end of the room, you will notice the dining table, complete with contrasting colors on the chairs, and a rich wood table top that matches the shelving and compliments the brick wall.
An interior view from the hall reveals the sliding doors leading out to the small yard, and you start to get a sense of how this interior design connects all spaces of the house while still having clear dividing lines.
A view from inside the upper level hallway reveals these steps leading to the lower level roof, which doubles as an outdoor patio. A great space to enjoy the fresh air and watch the sun set over the hills.
An entrance from the lower level opens up to immediately reveal this wooden staircase. This small entryway features plain white walls with little decoration.
Moving up the staircase in the entryway, we enter the upper level to see large picture windows, letting plenty of natural light into a modern living space. The sleek floors reflect light well.
Moving to the lower level, this is the bedroom that was once visible from the side exterior. From this angle, you will see a light hardwood floor, a small bed, and white curtains that can be drawn to make the space more private.
This bath is featured on the lower level of this home, with a view of the retaining wall that wraps around the exterior. The dark colored walls are textured and create a natural feel in this small space.
Here we see a view from atop the lower level’s roof. A wide view of the surrounding landscape and horizon make this rooftop a good space to relax.
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