VR Villa by YTAA – Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates
VR Villa is a contemporary concrete residence located in Beirut, Lebanon, designed in 2016 by YTAA – Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates.
About VR Villa
Creative Approach to Challenging Topography
Facing a unique challenge with a 25-meter (82 feet) elevation difference, our design approach took an unconventional turn. Viewing the site as a structured architectural masterpiece, we mimicked the natural rolling contours in our design.
Harmonizing Structure with Nature
At the heart of our design are two vast, sheet-like roofs. Seemingly light yet sturdy, these roofs cleverly divide the building into two levels. Below, we find welcoming living spaces, and above, cozy bedrooms await. The building’s pre-stressed white concrete tests the limits of flexibility, adding an intriguing element. Moreover, the roof’s unique design, appearing to split and crack, ingeniously welcomes natural light inside.
Inside, the effect is stunning. Sunlight filters through the roof’s artistic openings, casting a dance of light and shadow. This feature not only beautifies the space but also creates a seamless connection with nature. The result? A space that’s both innovative and deeply in tune with its natural surroundings.
Photography by Ieva Saudargaite