The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) recently recognized a proposed building in Beirut with a Merit Design Award. Beirut-based architecture firm PARALX has designed the T3 Tower, a mixed-use development rising to an apex of nearly 40 storeys.
The project is the latest venture announced for the Beirut Digital District — already taking on the nickname 'Lebanon’s Silicon Valley' — which will eventually be composed of 12 buildings and over 1.5 million square feet of residential and office space, retail, and hotel rooms. The residential component of the project will be included in the tower portion, with ground-level commercial space — including cafes and restaurants — adding to the area's vibrancy. The cultural district sits in a previously contentious location. Formerly the buffer zone between the eastern and western sections of Beirut during its civil war years, PARALX hopes the new facilities will encourage people to converge rather than disperse.
On the inside, the tower blends urbanity with nature. Each unit will come equipped with open space or a 'mini piazza' in the form of a private pool or hanging garden. High ceilings and expansive windows offer views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
T3 Tower joins a growing list of buildings which incorporate green space within individual units rather than strictly dedicated amenity spaces. Bosco Vericale in Milan has won several design awards crediting its ingenuity, and the Sky Habitat project in Singapore follows Moshe Safdie's vision of interconnectedness with nature.
T3 Tower is scheduled to begin construction in 2017 following the ground breaking for buildings T4 and T5. Additional images and information can be accessed in our Database file linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.