The Cube in Beirut by Orange Architects

Hollandalı mimarlık firmaları JSA, CIMKA ve Hofman Dujardin’in ortaklığı olan Orange Architects, Beyrut’un doğu bölgesinde, Sin el Fil’de yer alacak olan yeni lüks apartman dairelerinin tasarımını tamamladı. Tasarım Lübnanlı gayrimenkul geliştirici Masharii için yapıldı. 50 metrelik blok, boyutları 90 ila 180 m2 arasında değişen 19 daire içerecek. Kule için düşünülen konsept basit fakat oldukça etkili:”maksimize etmek”; arazinin potansiyelinin, yerel yapı mevzuatının ve Beyrut ve Akdeniz’in muhteşem manzaralarının optimum kullanımını sağlamak. Bu konsept dahilinde mümkün olan en geniş kapsamlı bina programı tasarlanmış. Maksimum yükseklikle sağlanarak bütün dairelerin manzaraları optimize edilmiş. Bu amaçla%100 esnek kat planları geliştirilmiş.

Orange Architects, a partnership between Dutch architecture firms JSA,CIMKA and Hofman Dujardin, releases the design of a luxury apartment block on Plot 941 in Sin el Fil, an eastern district of Beirut. The design was commissioned by the Lebanese development corporation Masharii. The 50-metre-tall block will contain 19 apartments ranging in size from 90 to180 m2. The concept for the tower is simple but extraordinarily effective: ‘maximizing’, making optimal use of the site’s potential, the local building code and the fantastic views of Beirut and the Mediterranean. Within this conceptual framework, we will develop the most extensive building programme possible. The maximum height will be achieved, and the viewfrom each apartment will be optimised. For this purpose, 100-percent flexible floor plans have been developed.

Thanks to the fixed core of lifts and staircases at the heart of the building, there are no constraints on the layout of the apartments. The floors run straight from the core to the exterior walls, which are composed of two transparent façades and two supporting walls on each floor, rotated 90 degrees per level. The walls, which are perforated, will largely determine the appearance of both the exterior and the interior. The core will also serve to stabilize the tower, which is in a seismologically active area.

This project has now reached the final design phase. Last week, both the client and the construction company gave the green light for the next stage. Construction of the tower block is expected to begin in 2012.

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* Images courtesy ofOrange Architects.

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