“Micro-Lofts” is designed as a double skin folding pyramidal volume to minimize the building impact on the street. To further enhance urban integration the façade adopts contextual cues from the rich urban fabric. By mediating between the patterns of modernist Lebanese architecture of the 1970’s and the historical wooden latticework of the 1920’s, a new architectural and tectonic language is generated. The shrinking building volume also allows tenants paying a premium price on upper floors additional privacy with fewer neighbors per floor. The tube-in-tube structural system is highly efficient and functional as it liberates the building floor plate from columns and structural elements. With an open plan configuration flexibility is privileged. The floor plate division is flexible based on client and market needs. The section also accommodates varied combinations of simplex and duplex apartments. Based on building code, all uncovered terraces are not included as part of the total built up area. As the building recedes in plan, each floor and each individual apartment is granted an expanded large terrace. And the developer gains additional sellable area that offers the lofts greater value and marketability. The result is a breakthrough variety of lofts, each different in size, balcony area and price range. However, they all share the same distinctive “micro-unit loft” space maximization practices.

 Micro-Lofts / Beirut, Lebanon / 2016 / 3000sqm

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