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Foster + Partners completes its first residential development in Beirut

Lebanon - Dec 21, 2017 - 18:23   4495 views

Norman Foster's firm Foster + Partners has completed a new residential and retail development in the heart of Beirut, Lebanon, which is the first project of the studio. Called 3Beirut, the new development responds directly to the site and culture of the city, with its highly-innovative sustainable features and visual texture.

The development also strengthens Beirut’s role as a centre for tourism, commerce, retail and entertainment while providing new green spaces at ground level for the city to enjoy.

Located in Beirut Central District on a prestigious site within the wider Solidere masterplan as part of the regeneration of the city centre, the trio of towers creates a new public realm and new pedestrian routes through the site combined with new landscaped spaces that connect the historic centre to the harbour. On the south side, the central tower has been pushed back to create a landscaped forecourt.

The buildings are made up of three limestone clad that provides an animated ground plane of shops, cafes, restaurants, a fitness centre, an art gallery and public gardens. 

The lobbies are connected to the ground plane with a distinctive water features that flows from the inside to the outside creating a calming sound for the public.

"3Beirut’s glazed north façade provides spectacular views of the harbour, while the south facing side steps down in height, with terraces and green roofs that help integrate the towers into the urban grain. The staggered layout of the towers also helps avoid apartments that overlook adjacent units, allowing residents a greater sense of privacy," said Foster + Partners.

"We are delighted that 3Beirut has reached completion, which is the result of close collaboration between the client and Foster + Partners. The result is a high-quality building that gives back to the city," said Luke Fox, Head of Studio and Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners.

"SV Properties & Construction is proud to have completed this landmark residential development with world renowned architects Foster + Partners. It has been a real privilege to work together to realize this iconic scheme at the heart of the Beirut Central District, and one which will provide a great legacy not only for ourselves but also for the city," added Faris Smadi, CEO SV Properties & Construction.

"With over 75% of the apartments now sold, and the first residents moving in earlier this summer, the development embodies the unique vibrancy of the city. A wide range of amenities, including a leisure suite, featuring a 26m pool and gym, and the McLaren showroom on the ground floor were inaugurated recently – bringing life to the area."

"Spurred on by the success of the recent exhibitions series held in temporary art galleries on the ground floor, a regular programme of art and culture events is being planned for the future, making 3Beirut a true social focus for the city," added Smadi.

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