Stacking villas in the sky

Nick Myall
Thursday 23 Jun 2016

This building breaks away from the typical residential high rise format to create a striking profile

Designed by Orange Architects for the Lebanese development corporation Masharii, The Cube employs a unique residential design concept that is simple yet extraordinarily effective. 

The building is located on a prominently visible location in Sin el Fil, an eastern district of Beirut, Lebanon. The concept of the 50m high tower is simple but extraordinarily effective: making optimal use of the client’s wishes, the site’s potential, the local building code and the fantastic views on Beirut and the Mediterranean.

According to the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: “It rotates and displaces volumes on each floor to offer residents unique outdoor areas and panoramic views of Beirut.” The design stacks 14 rotated floor plans on top of a lobby, generating 21 apartments with fluid spaces, large balconies, and wall-to-wall window frames. The structure is unique for utilizing Self-Consolidating Concrete, allowing loads to be directed to four areas of rotated girders on every floor, with no additional structural slabs added to the façades. 

Commenting on the award winning building Hashimah Hashim, Executive Director, KLCC Property Holdings Berhad, Kuala Lumpur said: “The Cube indicates a clear alternative to the extruded box typology that defines the majority of residential high-rises around the world, instead comprising a stack of completely unique villas in the sky. The tower is particularly successful in its structural design, which features a system of elegantly framed girder walls that add visual flair and allow for completely unobstructed floor plans.”

Nick Myall

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