1/03/2011

Beirut Marina and Town Quay by Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects reveals some construction photographs of the Beirut Marina and Town Quay, a project that may be completed in 2011.
This 220,000-square-meter project consists of apartments, restaurants, outdoor public spaces with site specific art installations, speciality stores, harbormaster, yacht club and public facilities.
Beirut Marina and Town Quay — Model, Steven Holl Architects, Beirut, Lebanon, © Steven Holl Architects

The Beirut Marina and Town Quay is located in a Beirut under construction, precisely in the heart of Downtown Beirut. This project will extend the existing Corniche along the Seashore along the Seashore into a series of overlapping platforms.
Map of The Corniche, Beirut, Lebanon, © Google Maps
Location of The Corniche, Beirut, Lebanon, © Steven Holl Architects

The Corniche is a seaside promenade in Beirut, with palm trees which line this promenade. This Corniche is popular destinations for walkers, joggers and bikers. It has been asked transform the Corniche into an 'urban beach", with levels articulated to provide outdoor spaces with public areas for artwork.
The Corniche Beirut in Lebanon's capital, Beirut, Lebanon.

Steven Holl's proposal starts with the concept of strata and layers that will shape the building in forking vectors. The illustration or the redesign of the Beirut Marina and Town Quay, below, depicts the articulation of the building as a superposition of layers.
Beirut Marina and Town Quay — Watercolor illustration of the building, Steven Holl Architects, Beirut, Lebanon, © Steven Holl Architects

Birdview of the site of the Beirut Marina and Town Quay, Steven Holl Architects, Beirut, Lebanon, © Steven Holl Architects
Beirut Marina and Town Quay — construction photography, Steven Holl Architects, Beirut, Lebanon, © Steven Holl Architects

The project takes its inspiration from the planar lapping waves of the sea such as the ancient one. The horizontal and the planar will become a geometric force shaping the new harbor spaces.


Beirut Marina and Town Quay — Horizontal view of the Model, Steven Holl Architects, Beirut, Lebanon, © Steven Holl Architects
Beirut Marina and Town Quay — Construction photography of the roof, Steven Holl Architects, Beirut, Lebanon, © Steven Holl Architects

The syncopated rhythm of platforms is achieved by constructing the overall curve of the Corniche in five angles relating to five reflecting pools.
Beirut Marina and Town Quay — View from the sea of the construction, Steven Holl Architects, Beirut, Lebanon, © Steven Holl Architects

The Beirut Marina exploits the specificity of its site, precisely the variation in height along the Corniche. The platform levels and pools vary slightly in height allowing quiet, gravity-fed fountains to connect each pool level.
Beirut Marina and Town Quay — Construction Photography, Steven Holl Architects, Beirut, Lebanon, © Steven Holl Architects
Beirut Marina and Town Quay — Night view of the model, Steven Holl Architects, Beirut, Lebanon, © Steven Holl Architects

Concrete and glass apart, Beirut Marina and Town Quay will use yellow stones which are typical in the   Lebanese landscape such as these benches of coral blue, white, and yellow stones that can be found in Beirut, to quote but a few.

Project Data
Project: Beirut Marina and Town Quay
Program: apartments, restaurants, outdoor public spaces with site specific art installations, speciality stores, harbormaster, yacht club, and public facilities
Architects: Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Nabil Gholam Architecture
Design team: Steven Holl in association with Tim Bade, Masao Akiyoshi, Edward Lalonde, JongSeo Lee, Brett Snyder
L.EF.T.: Makram El-Kadi, Mohamad Ziad Jamaleddine (Project Architects)
Client: Solidere
Size: 220,000 sf
Status: construction phase
Completion year expected: 2011

Models, illustration, construction photographs all courtesy © Steven Holl Architects

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