The apartment building is located in the dense district of Gemayze in Beirut. The street enjoys an alignment of old buildings from one side and a big garden and church on the other. The designed building continues the street alignment while developing an organic growth from the rear part with a garden and a smaller structure. The new building is integrated into the urban environment but at the same time it opens up towards a more generous perception of the city.
The shape of the apartment building is the direct result of the building regulations in Beirut which allows having different sizes on each floor, thus a range of apartment areas from 250m2 to 500m2.
The transparency of the facades creates openness towards the gardens while the sunblind’s that unifies the facade are creating in-between spaces (balconies) shaded and private. The stretched fabric skin is allowing muted transparency and a continuously changing appearance of the building.
Paul Kaloustian graduated from GSD Harvard and worked with Herzog & de Meuron before establishing his own practice in Beirut in 2002.
Location: Gemayze, Beirut, Lebanon
Architect: Paul Kaloustian Architect
Built area: 9700 m2
Floors above ground: 17
Underground parking floors: 3