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Dbayeh, Lebanon

A bigger splash

 

The sea view is as impressive as the architecture in the coastal Lebanese home of Laura and Raëd Abillama, whose eponymous architecture practice drew the lines of this imposing hillside oasis. In 2020, Laura, Raëd and their two sons moved from downtown Beirut to its suburb Dbayeh, a coastal town bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Placed right on the hillside edge, the 5-story abode offers sweeping views all around.

The sea view is as impressive as the architecture in the coastal Lebanese home of Laura and Raëd Abillama, whose eponymous architecture practice drew the lines of this imposing hillside oasis. In 2020, Laura, Raëd and their two sons moved from downtown Beirut to its suburb Dbayeh, a coastal town bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Placed right on the hillside edge, the 5-story abode offers sweeping views all around.

As if designed with a binary logic, the astute architecture combines naked concrete with a bold use of stone. Raëd managed to source a rare titanium travertine - white with grey veins - which is repeated in the flooring, the sculptural staircase, and in the outdoor deck that continues into the infinity pool. Indoor and outdoor pools guarantee bigger splashes and a much-needed cool down from the Middle Eastern climate.

As if designed with a binary logic, the astute architecture combines naked concrete with a bold use of stone. Raëd managed to source a rare titanium travertine - white with grey veins - which is repeated in the flooring, the sculptural staircase, and in the outdoor deck that continues into the infinity pool. Indoor and outdoor pools guarantee bigger splashes and a much-needed cool down from the Middle Eastern climate.

Meet the owners

Against the Mediterranean backdrop, Laura and Raëd have created a bespoke coastal home for their family, which includes their dog, Nanuk. A hypnotising staircase in titanium travertine with an invisible glass rail turns climb and descent into an elevated design experience.

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The V1 Kitchen

The modular steel anatomy of the Vipp kitchen comprises a large island, tall cabinets and a ceiling suspended extractor all coated in Vipp’s signature matte black powder-coating. Wooden cabinets in the kitchen as well as a custom-made dining table in French oak soften the material scheme with natural strokes.

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Inside, an accomplished array of artworks is poetically composed among bespoke and vintage furniture. The majestic ceiling heights are invigorated by a floor to ceiling fireplace and concrete columns. A handsome addition to the compound of characterful furnishing and architectural details is the industrial, black monochromatic kitchen echoing the lesson of a life well lived which is the theme of the entire house.

Inside, an accomplished array of artworks is poetically composed among bespoke and vintage furniture. The majestic ceiling heights are invigorated by a floor to ceiling fireplace and concrete columns. A handsome addition to the compound of characterful furnishing and architectural details is the industrial, black monochromatic kitchen echoing the lesson of a life well lived which is the theme of the entire house.