In the Lebanese mountain town of Ajaltoun, VR Villa sits on a site with a particularly challenging topographical position: there’s a 25-meter difference between the road and its lowest point.
This singular setting 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, with two expansive roofs resembling vast sheets, seemingly insubstantial yet solid. The roofs 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, allowing natural light to flood through the openings.