Triple-A Office Building
|Cadastral||1493 Mina El Hosn|
|BUA||23,000 sq m|
|Architect(s)||Fumihiko Maki and Associates (Japan)|
Fouad Menem Consultants and Partners
The concept is a 20-story triple-A office tower of the highest international standards in terms of space, structural efficiency, comfort and technical resolution, corresponding to its unique location and identity within Beirut city center. It incorporates a large podium, as a contemporary interpretation of the porous urbanism that creates the unique character of the Middle Eastern souk with its sheltered passageways. The podium introduces filtered natural light and lower scale storefront in a modern design vocabulary.
In response to the global trend for multi-use, loosely defined work environments, a series of linked green breezy spaces throughout the tower, referred to as vertical urbanism, connect the workspaces to the surrounding city and to the sea.
Maki's concept has been optimized for Beirut’s mild winters and hot summers using a double-skin façade. The outer skin is a composition of translucent and transparent glazing of ceramic frit protecting against wind and cutting solar radiation while allowing diffused light. The inner skin is fully glazed and includes slits allowing fresh air to reach the interior.