Ali Tayar's Penultimate Project Epitomizes His Rational Yet Utterly Humanistic Vision

A house in Beirut designed by the late Ali Tayar, of Parallel Design Architecture, features a travertine grid inset with stucco panels. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

The living room, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a Turkish travertine floor, is the setting for paintings by Portuguese artist Manuel Amorim, a Philippe Hiquily mobile, a vase by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, and a cubist bronze chair by Parvine Curie. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

The front facade—just two levels—was designed to make the four-story house look smaller than it is; the teak doors have bronze fittings and canopies. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

The foyer was designed around a Portuguese table with a bronze base and an Italian marble top supporting an Ossip Zadkine sculpture. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

The main staircase begins with three steps made of travertine; the sconces are by PSLab, a Beirut design studio. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

One of a pair of spiral stairways leads to the older children’s bedrooms. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

Tito Agnol lounge chairs populate the pool deck. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

Carefully crafted teak louvers protect a bronze owl on the living room’s deck. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

Travertine outfits the powder room. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

A bronze sculpture by Philippe Hiquily stands guard in the living room. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

A cowhide chaise by Le Corbusier has pride of place on a modernist Persian rug. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

The living room deck offers protected seating on ceramic stools. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

The master bathroom appears carved from a block of solid stone. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

The bronze balusters of the upper hallway railing echo the louvers used on the home's exterior. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

A Paul Frankl console anchors one wall of the master bedroom. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

The living room cantilevers over the waterfall-edge pool. Its underside is clad in teak slats. Photography by Joshua McHugh.

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