VR Villa by YTAA – Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates

This contemporary concrete residence located in Beirut, Lebanon, was designed in 2016 by YTAA – Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates.

Description by YTAA

The topographical disposition of this site, with a 25-meter difference between the road and its lowest point, led to a somewhat counterintuitive approach: to view the site as one would, a highly structured piece of architecture. The structure itself was then imagined as a plot with gentle contours. Two expansive roofs, rather like vast sheets, seemingly insubstantial yet solid, trace the outlines of two floors, with living areas on the lower level and bedrooms upstairs. The pre-stressed white concrete structure is taken to the limit of its flexibility. From within, the roof appears to split and crack, letting natural light in through the openings.

Photography by Ieva Saudargaite

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