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Modern Architecture in Lebanon: Raja Saab Chalet

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Raja Saab Chalet

1953

Ferdinand Dagher

This very singular structure resembling a flying saucer was built on the Mediterranean sea shore at a location named Acapulco Beach in Ouzai.

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Four elliptical columns widen as they rise to carry the cylindrical building.

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A minimalist spiral staircase at its core surrounded by a thin steel fence keeps the open view to the sea at the entrance level and leads to a ring-like landing that gives to the various rooms around.

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The furniture and lighting fixtures were designed by Jean Royère, a French designer who had opened a successful business in Beirut, producing furniture locally with a Lebanese partner, architect Nadim Majdalani.

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