snøhetta's vision for BLF tower in beirut wins competition
 
snøhetta's vision for BLF tower in beirut wins competition snøhetta's vision for BLF tower in beirut wins competition
aug 09, 2016

snøhetta's vision for BLF tower in beirut wins competition

snøhetta has released their winning proposal for the new banque libano francaise (BLF) headquarters located in beirut. the norwegian firm’s first project in lebanon, the architecture for the tower explores the forward-thinking nature for the bank and the city.

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the green-filled terraces become the social hubs around which the working environment is organized
all images © MIR / snohetta

 

 

snøhetta’s vision involves creating a community within banque libano francaise‘s work setting. the exterior spaces are directly carved from the built volume to form terraces manifested into social hubs. these areas would naturally become apart of the language and organization of the overall office space. one of concepts followed is the high degree of permeability maintained at street level. this ensures the wider neighborhood is taken into account and is demonstrated by the ground level which will be connected to the surrounding urban context.

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the project is the norwegian firm’s first in lebanon

 

 

 

furthermore, energy efficiency and sustainable methods are adopted economically and socially. the parameters for sustainability will evolve with the user requirements and project specific criteria and ultimately, the project must give back to the city of beirut and complement the existing urban context

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the architectural concept is both generic and conceptual at the same time

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the goal is to create a community and more than just achieving the required number of work spaces

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