Situated on one of the most prominent coastal plots along Beirut’s Corniche, the 77m tall crystalline volume establishes its footprint as a landmark within the heart of the city.
The pure geometric forms of the towers are derived from the 100m long site, which allow for two slender blades to materialize. The furnished apartments’ tower is only slightly taller than the neighboring buildings, while the long term apartments respect the urban scale of the surrounding context. Both structures are joined at the base by a podium filled with commercial spaces and an outdoor garden.
An urban cut at the top of the furnished apartment’s tower becomes the signature of the building.
The towers offer maximal internal flexibility while ensuring spectacular sea views from every room. All noble functions are placed on the North, East, and West facades, while circulation and secondary functions are placed on the Southern façade.
The first floor of the furnished apartments, which is situated on top of the podium, houses a bar/lounge area, a business center, administrative and maintenance offices, as well as a gym with a steam room, sauna, and external lap pool giving onto the Mediterranean Sea.
The first floor of the long term rental building is comprised of six duplex apartments, each boasting spectacular double height spaces that give onto their own private landscaped terrace.
From the 2nd to the 12th floor of the furnished apartment’s tower, simplexes ranging from 80 to 160m2 are arranged adjacently to provide a variety of units in the 638 m² floor plate. The last two floors, in addition, offer larger simplexes ranging up to 250 m².
As for the unfurnished apartments, the 713 m² floor plate can easily be subdivided into a numerous options of units, ranging from 134 m² simplexes to 250 m² duplexes. The last floor is reserved for a penthouse duplex unit, which also have access their own private rooftop terrace.
The skin on the North façade of both buildings acts as a reflective sheet which changes throughout the day, embracing the vast richness of colors that the Mediterranean sky offers. Colored balconies scattered along the façade also refract their individual hues, reviving the importance of the color palette that was once present in the vernacular architecture of the 1960’s.
Areas: 15 floors Furnished Apartments: +8 floors Long Term Rental Apartments: 15000m²
2 Basements, GF, and 2 podium levels: 16000 m²
architecture: nabil gholam architects
3D images: nabil gholam architects