The design addresses an inherent domestic space challenge, that of marrying the much needed large volume of storage with the desired openness and spatiality of a loft. In that sense, the design provides a front-to-back spatial fluidity across the different rooms. This is achieved through the use of a large foldable glass door system, and flanking this space with a deep sliding cabinet wall, a shallow storage space embedded in an elevated platform and programmed wall containing all the apartment’s services (bathrooms and kitchen).
The ‘back of the house’ becomes the front of the house in a flattened, hierarchical fashion. Spaces spill into each other – the sink of the bathroom is in the bedroom, the music room contracts and expands, allowing more or less space to the kitchen; or the walk in closet – all based on the needs of both the husband and the wife. The architecture is manifested as a negotiation between the two.
Partner-in-charge Naji Moujaes
Fumio Hirakawa, Ziad Jamaleddine, Makram el Kadi, Karie Titus
Photographer: Jody Kivort