Badaro 3696

Partner in Charge: Ibrahim Berberi
Architect in Charge: Nada Assaf Joy Traboulsi
Team: Anthony Chemaly, Abed Baytamouni
Project Description:
It wasn’t until the 1950s that Badaro, an area known for its pine forests, saw its first wave of urbanization happen almost overnight. Architects at the time adhered to the International Style, believing that architecture should be standardized, driven by universal human needs. That uniformity lasted several decades, until the war and postmodernism caused an urban mutation that suffocated low-density areas in the build up.
Over time, the area’s residents adapted homes to meet their evolving needs. They improvised by transforming balconies into living spaces, and by cultivating balcony gardens to remedy a lack of green space.
When beginning 3696 Badaro, this popular demand for customizable living spaces took us, ironically, to the standardization of the International style. We first created uniform architectural elements, including one slab, a standard ceiling height and light greenery. We then introduced “kit architecture” – common elements residents can assemble according to their lifestyles. A flexible floor plan and façade components grant architectural freedom to residents and also to the building’s owner, who can adapt floor plans to create bigger and smaller apartments in an uncertain market.
The approach is driven by the location of the site: one high-rise building on scale with the main road that passes in front of it, and another on scale with the internal neighborhood it faces. A common garden sits nestled between the buildings.

Structural consultant: B.E.T. Rodolphe Mattar
Electrical consultant: Gilbert Tambourgi
Location: Beirut
Client: Kettaneh Construction
Project area: 12500 m2
Budget: $10M
Year: 2013
Project status: Competition First Prize;