Foster + Partners has completed 3Beirut – the first of the practice’s projects in Lebanon. Responding directly to the site and culture of Beirut, the scheme creates a sustainable residential and retail development in the heart of the city. The development also strengthens Beirut’s role as a center for tourism, commerce, retail, and entertainment, while providing new green spaces at ground level.
The scheme is located in Beirut Central District on a prestigious site within the wider Solidere master plan for the regeneration of the city center. Particular consideration was given to the public realm and the creation of new pedestrian routes through the site, combined with new landscaped spaces that connect the historic center to the harbor. On the south side, the central tower has been pushed back to create a landscaped forecourt.
The scheme is made up of three limestone-clad towers that provide an animated ground plane of shops, cafés, restaurants, a fitness center, an art gallery, and public gardens. The lobbies are connected to the ground plane with a distinctive water feature that flows from the inside to the outside, creating a calming sound for the public.
3Beirut’s glazed north façade provides spectacular views of the harbor, while the south-facing side steps down in height, with terraces and green roofs that help integrate the towers into the urban grain. The staggered layout of the towers also helps avoid apartments that overlook adjacent units, allowing residents a greater sense of privacy.
Luke Fox, Head of Studio and Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners, remarked, “We are delighted that 3Beirut has reached completion, which is the result of close collaboration between the client and Foster + Partners. The result is a high-quality building that gives back to the city.”
Over 75% of the apartments have now sold, and the first residents began moving in during the summer of 2017.
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