Regatta-shaped hotel suites on Lebanese beach

Designed by Lebanese practice YTAA, Kalani Beach offers five hotel units enclosed in white concrete shells facing the Mediterranean, built directly on the sand.  

Lebanese architecture practice YTAA completed a vacation resort in Halat, a small town on the Lebanese coast, 30 km away from Beirut.

With a built area of 2,500 sqm facing the Mediterranean and directly linked with the beach, the Kalani Beach resort is developed along in two main building groups: a linear, squared complex clad in wooden slats that includes thirty rooms and a restaurant, and five sail-shaped suites that iconize the whole resort, recalling a sailing regatta.

Set along a 220 meters-long sea front, these egg-shaped spaces are built as double-height rooms enclosed by raw concrete shells, installed directly on the sand. The concrete sheets are positioned as overlapping leaves that allow for full height glass openings towards the sea.

This seafront plot is screened by a palm grove, that serves as a vegetal mesh to filter the light in the rooms and traces the pathways between each living unit.

Kalani Beach
beach resort
Main architect:
Youssef Tohme
Associate architect:
Muhammad Mahdi
Caline Mahrouk, Mohammad Ali Ahmad
Lazy Daze
Structural engineering:
Nabil G. Hennaoui S.A.L.
Electrical and mechanical engineering:
Wissam Tawil & Associates / MEP engineers S.A.L
Interior architecture:
Studio 42
Project manager:
Charles E. Maroun Consult
Main contractor:
Khater Contracting Group
2,500 sqm
Halat, Lebanon

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