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Nadim Ghazale Villa in Lebanon| Residential Design

This project in particular has sentimental value to me. The Ghazale Residence is three-story villa which is a collaborative work between architect Gilbert Zarka and myself, Sahar Ghazale.

Located in Chtoura, in the beautiful Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, this residence stands out in terms of design. It is the only such architecture in the area, as opposed to the traditional designs surrounding it.


On the exterior facades, we used Basalt stone in both white and grey, and Béton brut (architectural concrete). You will notice several volumetric elements such as concrete pergolas, a 13m high chimney and high glass structures allowing as much light as possible into the house. One of the main features of the garden is the shallow pool with fountains and teak wood pergolas.



In more than one area there are double height voids and skylights. Even the basement enjoys natural sunlight through a garden continuing from the exterior to the interior. The main entrance boasts a long runway of stamped concrete in two different grey tones with contracting white sea stones flanking from both sides leading to  a 3meter high solid walnut main  door.



The owner is a person who loves his garden and cherishes every single plant, thus requested numerous water features and a beautiful olive tree he raised on a separate hill. Palm trees which are usually synonymous with humid and hot areas such as the gulf, composed a large portion of the plantation in the garden of this villa, something which is unusual for this specific location.



The interior design is a continuation of the exterior. The basalt stone continues to the inside on numerous walls. A red wall supports the main staircase. Apart from that all finishes are in neutral tones indicating luxury and simplicity. Wood used on the ground level is Palisander which contrasts beautifully with the dark tinted walnut doors. All doors were in the form of panels reaching ceiling height.

Most of the furniture used was from Roche Bobois, which is the owner’s favorite brand. Ceiling design is very simple. Lighting is mainly in the form of indirect lighting, halogen spotlights highlighted certain areas for warmer color effect. In future posts I will be introducing more interior photos of the different rooms on the upper floors.

For further information you can contact me directly on my contact page or email.

14 responses

  1. WOW! Great job indeed 😀 5/5!

    February 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm

  2. wonderful work Sahar. Love the cascade waterfall.

    February 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

  3. BEAUTIFUL work 🙂 I am impressed sitt Sahar 😀

    February 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm

  4. so proud of my talented and creative sister

    February 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

  5. Amazing !! super creative !!

    February 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

  6. Woow sahar mashalla the work is amaaaazing! Just where I want to live 🙂 you are very talented and I love your taste. It matches mine 🙂 well done!

    February 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm

  7. Pascale Azzi

    I witnessed the birth and followed up on this amazing project’s progress. I guess the secret behind it is great team work; two talented Architect and Interior Architect joined hands and heart to achieve the residence of a dear Client.

    This belongs to an architecture book my friends! Congratulations!

    February 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm

  8. So Beautiful!
    مع انو بقدر اتخيل هيك فيللا ب شي منطقة من تلال بيروت بس قطعا مش بالبقاع
    كتير حلو و جريء.. مثلا حجر البازالت انا بشوفو بأوروبا مطرح ما بيتماهى مع طقس رمادي
    مش ببلد فيه شمس 10 أشهر بالسنة… برافو

    February 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  9. Awesome!!

    February 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

  10. I can’t thank you all enough for your kind words:) Thank you for the support!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

  11. Sahar, this is absolutely fantastic! I can only hope to be able to afford your services (and the architect’s) one day! Great work! This villa must definitely be a conversation piece in the town!

    Fantastic work! Bravo!

    March 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm

  12. OMG OMG you are brilliant 😀

    March 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

  13. Thank you!

    March 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

  14. rabih

    guess i know who inspired you sahar in doing this project 🙂 he deserves some appreciation as well 😉

    March 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

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