La maison Rayes

Sursock street- Beirut- Lebanon

Client: Tania Rayes
Status: Completed

La Maison Rayes is located in the historic Sursock neighbourhood, known for its lavish mansions and palaces. Adjacent to the world-renowned Sursock Museum, the house is recognisable by its stately white door atop a short flight of stairs.

Although the house was built in the mid-‘60s, many of its ornaments were actually salvaged or inspired from the sumptuous palace that used to stand at the same location. This resulted in a unique amalgam of architectural influences, such as the gorgeous wooden doors in the main hall that are ornate with stained glass and Arabic calligraphy—an exceptional blend of Ottoman, Italian and French design.

Adding to that feeling of architectural diversity, the house was renovated in 2019, giving the bedrooms an ultra-modern look while still reminiscing on the house’s rich history—thus seamlessly blending tradition and modernity. This unique mixture of old and new makes staying in this house a truly incomparable experience.