Mar Maroun Street, Saifi, Beirut, Lebanon
© Géraldine Bruneel © Joe Kesrouani
“When I moved into my apartment in Beirut, I had only a rough idea of how it would turn out because the project was executed while I lived abroad and visited occasionally only. Until this day, the complex and yet perfect layout of the stone floor is like a visual puzzle that intrigues me and satisfies some deep need in me for order, symmetry and poetry all at once. How can one solution to stone size align 10 columns, several voids and steps and then flow through 6 or seven different rooms, all without a false note? To this day I do not know how, but it can be done. Of course what really allows the appreciation of that kind of visual detail, is that the same approach applies to the things that are unseen. The beauty is not skin deep. So the fireplace has a proper draft, and the water pressure and heating are how they should be. All the technical systems work so well and unobtrusively, that the surface can be appreciated with no sense of frustration. How long would a beautiful car be desirable if it did not start?” I.K.