3Beirut, Architecture, Beirut, Foster + Partnerrs, Lebanon, Mixed use, Public spaces

Foster + Partners complete first residential development in Beirut

Foster + Partners has completed its first project in Lebanon, a mixed-use development made up of three towers with residential and retail offerings as well as public spaces.

All images: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Located in the Beirut Central District, just outside of the Solidere boundaries – a new regeneration masterplan for the city centre – the development responds to the site and culture of the city. Adjacent to 3Beirut, is Herzog & de Meuron’s Beirut Terraces tower.

3Beirut broke ground in 2011, and aims to strengthen Beirut’s role as a centre for tourism, commerce, retail and entertainment.

Particular consideration was given to the forming of public spaces within the development, with features green spaces at ground level. Other considerations include creating new pedestrian routes through the site in addition to landscape spaces that connect the historic centre to the harbour.

The overall scheme consists of three limeclad towers, with the glazed north facade providing views of the harbour, while the south facing side steps down in height, featuring terraces and green roofs that further integrate the towers into the urban fabric of its surroundings.

The central tower on the south side of the development has also been pushed back to create a landscaped forecourt that can be enjoyed by the public.

The ground plane of 3Beirut includes shops, cafes, restaurants, a fitness centre, an art gallery, and public gardens. The lobbies are connected to the ground plane through a water feature that flows from inside to outside, creating a sense of calmness.

A staggered layout of the towers allows for enhanced privacy for residents, helping avoid apartments that overlook adjacent units.

Luke Fox, head of studio and senior executive partners at Foster + Partners said 3Beirut is a”high quality building that gives back to the city”.

The development also includes a wide range of amenities such as a leisure suite featuring a 26m pool and gym, and a McLaren showroom on the ground floor.

A series of art exhibitions are held in the temporary galleries, also located on the ground floor, which is now set to become part of a regular programme of art and culture events.