Achrafieh 442

Credits:
Partner in Charge: Michel Georr, Ibrahim Berberi
Architect in Charge: Aline Chahine
Team: Richard Kassab, Jean Pierre Tohme, Joy Traboulsi
Project Description:
Two streets in Beirut’s Achrafieh neighborhood nearly intersect, but pass in such a way that a void is constructed at their axis. This collection of three residential blocks, a first prize competition winner, uses the geometry of that space to make a stitch on the fabric of the city. 

A plaza on the ground floor anchors the blocks, which are then divided into sub-blocks. Two low-rise structures placed at the void’s corners integrate with the city on the scale of the neighborhood. To maximize the depth of the plot, a third building with a higher elevation and expansive views is set back from the street, connecting with the city on a larger scale. Alternating planes form terraces at varying levels to dilute the project’s density. Although regulations allow for a high-density building, this sense of openness is essential in maintaining neighborhood’s identity. 

The structure takes a lighter shape as its height increases, slowly vanishing into the sky.
Collaborators:
Structural consultant: B.E.T. Rodolphe Mattar
Mechanical consultant: Ibrahim Mounayar
Electrical consultant: Gilbert Tambourgi
Control bureau: Veritas
Renders: 109 Architectes
Factsheet:
Location:  Beirut, Lebanon
Client:  Kettaneh Construction
Project area:  10,000 m2
Year:  2010
Project status: Completed;