In a district already occupied by high-rise buildings, there was never question of merely building ano¬ther tower, but rather of fashioning a new urban space, combining pri¬vate habitat and public circulation, verticality and horizontality. The 486 MINA EL HOSN project is composed of three elements:
The Tower proper is the project’s central and most visible element. The novel design of its mirror-envelope reflects views of the city back towards the city, enabling a visual reconstruction of its manifold identity.
The Base of the tower provides its residents with a public space playing with horizontality to create circulation and meeting places on a human scale, including a shopping mall, a public roof garden and pedestrian alleys.
The five Blocks are interme¬diary residential spaces, imagined on the model of the oriental house. Acting as an interface between the projects’s two other elements, they play on the dichotomy between exterior and interior.
LAN Architecture, Paris, France
Assistant Client: HAR Properties
Delegated Client: HAR Etudes
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Description: Housing – Offices – Retail Area
Status: Preliminary project
Area: 125,000 sq.m.
Project team: LAN Architecture (lead architect), Agence Frank Boutté (HEQ consultant), Batiserf Ingénierie (structure), Ecole
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