A Tunisian family who saw a project of us on a magazine got in touch. They own a parcel in an important archaeological site in Carthage, with two amphitheaters on the sides and the best-preserved Roman houses in Tunisia. They have Julius Caesar as a neighbor!
The slope was steep, the terrain harsh with wonderful, perpendicular views of the coast and the bay of the ancient Carthage. The lower access was too narrow to be connected to the space where the house should be, which was an important limitation when it comes to safety.
In addition, the subsoil had to be monitored to avoid any damage to the archaeological remains that could be there. We could not make large excavations, so we would try to make the house ‘float’ on the ground.
We planned a four levels distribution with an elevator, a car lobby and a main entrance with access by car. This would result in a pleasant architectural experience, the light getting in the garage from a lateral patio.