The rapid pace of urbanization in Beirut, and new zoning lows that generously inflate the total built up area allowed, has created a dissonance between the old traditional fabric and the new towers emerging throughout the city. Often these towers are formed by a series of repetitive floors creating large masses or urban walls. Ashrafieh 468 attempts to address the dissonance created by the changing urban fabric and the shear mass of the developer tower. While being one of the tallest towers in the Ashrafieh Neighborhood, the building is divided along 3 horizontal axes corresponding to the varied heights of the surrounding buildings on the hill thus integrating the structure within the context. Voids further break the mass into smaller blocks.
Positioned between two green buffer zones, the building overlooks two gardens interlinked by the lower level void. The external façade was designed to complement the dual frontage gained by the positioning of the building. Floor to ceiling glass on both sides frame the exterior views of the city and the mountain.
The apartment variations are all interlocked within a grid based on a structural shear wall system, resulting in column-free apartments. Each unit can be transformed from a single open space to a number of different layout configurations. The one-bedroom apartment can be transformed in the future by the residents into a two bedroom apartment that can host a growing family. The four bedroom apartments allow a wide range of interior configurations creating an expansive open public area that spans both facades and benefits from the dual views.