This awe-inspiring home was designed by YTAA Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates in the mountains of Akoura, Lebanon. Found at an altitude of more than 3,900, the private property is rural, difficult to get to, and beautiful to behold. The house echoes the extremes of its rocky environment, walling the exterior in dark stone and the interior in concrete. Additionally, the indoor and outdoor decor makes use of ladders and benches as functional geometric layers and texture.

The rugged design is arranged in a C-shaped plan with a dirt courtyard and wrap-around patio. Toward the back of the home, the wood-lined patio is shaded by the extended roof. The expanse of timber softens the landing and frames a stunning view of the terrain. From inside, the sliding glass doors and glazed windows look out over the architecture and the landscape, so that the two are always considered together.

Via domus; photography by Ieva Saudargaite

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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