Hima Eble es-Saqi, Lebanon, 2005
We were commissioned by the N.G.O Mercy Corps to rebuild the peasant house that had been turned into a museum by the president of the municipality of Eble el Saqi, back in the 1970s. Unfortunately the original house was destroyed by the Israelis during their occupation of South Lebanon. Luckily, Dr. F. Ragette had documented this house. From his drawings and photos we were able to make our detailed drawings for the reconstruction.
We approached the local villagers and learnt about the various building techniques and material specification, especially for the mud plastering which was usually done by women. The contractor was then asked to use all local labor who got trained by Umm Mashhour, the lady who still uses this old technical to maintain her house.