Remembrances of things past resurface on a canvas of gray, but a luminous gray, like the translucent mist of an imminent dawn. The space which is now called loft was once the family house, also the uncle's office, and the architect's, now his own house, himself having now become an uncle.
A renovation as a rerun, or a second take on something that once was. Memories of the past uses persist and create superpositions of program that defy the usual norms of functionality: a main kitchen diametrically opposed to the dining space, a bedroom too far from its bathroom door, an entrance too wide to be just an entrance. But those clashes emit a new energy. What was once the dining buffet, enlarged, becomes the support for a program that never was in the picture: a meditation platform. The wall that separated the house that was rented from the office that saw the birth of BLANKPAGE becomes rice paper thin, mobile, in Japanese shoji style, discreetly sliding in various reconfigurations of space and multiple visual effects. The children bedroom become black as the presentation room, could receive the now grown up nephews, the occasional friend or the child to come. As for the previous office entrance, its door is now a window, but the family garden remains as luminous from the revisited grandma style rocking chair in the reading area.
At the intersection of those souvenirs that trail a public loop house on the garden terrace side and a private loop house on the inner side, lies the musical. The upright piano, surmounted by a calligraphic trinity of presence, absence and the transcendent expresses my dire need for harmony in the entrance that is too wide to just be an entrance.
That intersection point plays the soundtrack of the cinematic story of two overlapping houses now called loft and drawn as an infinite loop in plan.
Project Status: Built.
Designed by Karim Nader.
Lighting Design by Design in Beirut. www.designinbeirut.com
Instagram Photography by Karim Nader
Photography by Nadim Asfar. www.nadimasfar.com