Orange Architects, The Cube apartment block in Sin el Fil (Lebanon)
Photos: Matthijs van Roon
On a hill in Sin el Fil, in the eastern Beirut district of Matn, stands the luxury apartment building designed by Orange Architects, the Dutch firm headed by Michiel Hofman, Patrick Meijers, and Jeroen Schipper. Rising 50 meters, it stacks fourteen stories containing nineteen units, one or two per floor and ranging in size between 117 and 234 square meters. The floors rotate ninety degrees, alternating glazed sides with perforated walls of white concrete. In turn, the irregular shifting of the modules optimizes views over the Lebanese capital, forming terraces. Over three levels of parking garages, the ground floor invites one into the lobby through an entrance protected by a cantilevering volume. The fixed central core of elevators and stairs helps to stabilize a building located in a seismologically active area.
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