Villa Papillon by WORKac in Batroun, Lebanon

Project: Villa Papillon
Batroun, Lebanon
47,038 sf
Year: 2023
Photographs by:
Miguel de Guzman

Villa Papillon by WORKac

Villa Papillon by WORKac is a Lebanese art collector’s residence that redefines the interplay of art, architecture, and nature. The home’s layout centers around an open-air courtyard, with living spaces and bedrooms oriented toward the sea, ensuring Mediterranean views from every room. Glass facades facing the water can be fully opened, while solid walls provide privacy along a public walkway.

Villa Papillon rethinks the relationship between art, architecture, and landscape. Designed for a Lebanese art collector and his family, the house is comprised of a series of rooms organized around an open-air courtyard.

The main living space and bedroom face the sea, and the family room, dining room, and kitchen open onto the courtyard. Above, the children’s bedrooms look out over the living room, so that every space has a view of the Mediterranean.

At the rear, solid walls face the public walkway while in front, glass facades featuring sliding doors open the house fully towards the water. Interior spaces are organized by a series of walls running perpendicular to the shore, allowing unobstructed sea views in every room and showcasing the extensive art collection. Each wall becomes its own object, dividing the living spaces while also containing a staircase, cabinets, or other domestic infrastructure.

Louvered steel and aluminum trellises continue the folded form of the green roof over parts of the courtyard, strategically designed to provide shade in the summer while letting the sun in during the winter months. The triangular formal language of the villa’s roof planes is carried continuously across the building, patio, pools, and surrounding landscape.



Tags: batroun, contemporary, Lebanon, luxury, villa, workac

Author: Fidan Jovanov


A young enthusiast with a passion for home decor and architecture, I love writing articles that inspire and guide readers in transforming their spaces into stylish, functional, and beautiful environments.


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