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© Reda Ait Saada


Type of Project:  Individual Housing Location:  Chlef, Algeria. Architects:  Atelier Messaoudi Architects Project completion date:  2021 Photographer:  Reda Ait Saada


The Lantern House is the result of the transformation of a house which's construction was almost finished and ready to be occupied. As the client wasn’t quite satisfied by the initial design, which didn’t bring an answer to all his needs, he consulted Atelier Messaoudi Architects for advice.

Looking through the initial project, we noticed that there were numerous issues in the functioning of the house and its relationship with its environment. Based on the program established by the client, we completely redesigned the entire house on all levels in order to take the most advantage out of the building site.

To fit the needs of the client and ensure his and his family’s wellbeing, we have made several transformations on the house. The stairs have been repositioned to benefit from the northern façade. The garden has been raised to create an access right from the kitchen on the ground floor. We created an areaway to bring in natural light and ventilation to the basement.

The volumetry of the house has also been redesigned for both formal and functional purposes. The new external envelope is meant to fit local climate and environmental specificities. Therefore, we created a ventilated facade on the Southern side to assure good isolation as the weather conditions in the region can be hard.

For security and intimacy concerns, we created metallic floral moucharabiehs which offer protection and anticipate further transformation of the façade, as house owners usually add fences to their windows for security matters.