Fouad Samara Architects, Lebanon architecture, Modular architecture

Fouad Samara Architects designs a modular building in Beirut to counter the chaos of urbanism

Lebanon-based Fouad Samara Architects has designed a modular tower in Ashrafieh district of Beirut, which aims to creatively counter the chaos of the built environment that has been present in Lebanon’s cities since the 1920s.

Outwardly sliding walls within the seven duplex lofts of the 14-storey Modulofts building allows residents internal flexibility. By utilising this function, residents can adapt and convert their space to the shifting needs and demands of their lives in a rapidly evolving city.

The loft’s sliding walls add the capability of transforming the ground floor of the unit from a traditional set-up of closed off bedrooms and kitchens, to one open-concept multi-purpose room. According to the firm, each internal room can be configured in 16 different ways, which roughly translates into more than 268 million possible variations to the façade.

“As residents adapt to their needs and incorporate their own ideas, the building will symbiotically interact with the neighbourhood’s environment. A constantly changing façade at the Modulofts will provide the street with another animated element to an already dynamic neighbourhood.

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