|Location:||Deir el Ahmar (LIB)|
The site of the new St. Rafqa Monastary is embedded in a network of hills and dells on the dry and rocky eastern slope of the Yammoune Fault. The relation to the surrounding alpine scenery is essential to the design. Entering visitors are welcomed with a beautiful view into the terraced agricultural garden and along the curved walls that elegantly move towards the valley below. Winding pathways lead through "borrowed" elements and "unveiled" structures of the surrounding landscape. All movements are gathered and decelerated in the central area around the St. Rafqas Monument and further in the calm and peaceful courtyard of the monastery.