nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
 
nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
jun 29, 2013

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion

nARCHITECTS completes ‘ABC’ store with high-tech fashion
image © joe kesrouani

 

 

 

on a tight budge, new-york firm nARCHITECTS gives ABC, dbayeh, beirut‘s most prominent department store, a facelift worthy of the high fashion merchandise within. based on the company’s logo, a laser cut aluminum screen envelops the existing 200,000 sf building, inverse cut-outs adorn the facades of the three-volume 250,000 sf addition. the theme reduces construction waste, while simultaneously reducing operational costs, as the light-colored metal skin reduces solar heat gain.

 

refining the project’s proportions, the form shifts as it ascends the inclined site, and glazed displays and entrances respect the scale of the user. at the west facade 217ft long expanse designates space for a dramatic light installation to be experienced both by pedestrians and those traveling on the adjacent highway. above, a large picture window allows passersby glimpses into the cafe, while diners can peer through the facade, framing views of the nearby mediterranean sea. a place to see and be seen, the ensemble successfully transforms the 1980s construction into a spectacle of light and texture.

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
LEDs backlight the laser cut aluminum facade, seen from the seashore
image © joe kesrouani

 

 

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
glass expanses create moments of interest for the passerby on the adjacent highway
image © joe kesrouani

 

 

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
glass awnings and entrances give the building human scale
image © joe kesrouani

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
lighting effects completely transform the edifice at night
image © joe kesrouani

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
up-cycled aluminum cut-outs adorn the facades of the addition
image © joe kesrouani

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
apertures in the laser-cut pattern range from one to eighteen inches
image © joe kesrouani

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
the composition of four volumes finished in a range of grays compose a cohesive ensemble
image © joe kesrouani

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
the lacy screen hovers above the ground, analagous to the hemline of a well tailored garments
image © joe kesrouani

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
a pattern of table ware mimics the facade texture in the department store window at one of the four glazed entrances
image © joe kesrouani

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
a model illustrates the drastic contrast in visual effect of the preforated skin when daylight and backlit at night
image courtesy of nARCHITECTS

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
four volumes cascade toward the sea in shades of gray
image courtesy of nARCHITECTS

nARCHITECTS completes ABC store in high-tech fashion
the LED-lit facade at night
image courtesy of nARCHITECTS

 

 

 

project info:

 

location: beirut, lebanon
program: massing, new facades, displays, entrances, canopies
building area: 450,000sf (250,000 sf addition + new facade for existing 200,000 sf building)
client: ABC S.A.L.
design team: eric bunge, mimi hoang (principals); tiago barros, stephen hagmann, hubert pelletier (project architects); seung teak lee, julia chapman, christopher grabow, ammr vandal (design team); competition phase: alice wong (project
designer), dominique gonfard, adam vana
architect of record: ABC technical team: lamia jallad, bascir muhanna, johnny salman
structural engineer: BRM, beirut
interiors: a-consult
landscape: ZMK
lighting designer: DEBBAS, beirut 

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