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Foster & Partners Design 3Beirut: Their First Project in Lebanon

As much as I’m thrilled with the idea that one of the world’s top architecture firms are designing a project in Beirut, Lebanon, I’m a bit disappointed its another residential and shopping project locals can’t afford. But let’s look at the bright side, finally we’ll have a Foster + Partners signed project .

From Foster + Partner’s website:

3Beirut – the first project designed by Foster + Partners to break ground in Lebanon – is revealed today. Responding directly to the site and culture of Beirut, the scheme will create a sustainable residential and retail development of international quality. The development will also strengthen Beirut’s role as a center for tourism, commerce, retail and entertainment while providing new green spaces at ground level for the city to enjoy.

Located in the Beirut Central District, the scheme forms a part of the prestigious Sector B of the Solidere masterplan and is designed to enhance this area as a thriving and celebrated part of the city. Particular consideration has been given to the public realm and the creation of an attractive environment accessible to pedestrians. Established around direct pedestrian routes across the site, its design will connect the historic city center to the harbor at the Mediterranean. The podium level and surrounding external spaces will provide a cluster of shops, cafes, restaurants, a gymnasium, an art gallery and public gardens.
The glazed north side of the towers will provide spectacular views of the harbor, while the south facing side steps down in height, integrating the towers into the urban grain. 3Beirut will be the first towers in the city to have green roofs, creating a unique residential development.
Foster + Partners’ vision for the interiors is to create apartments that are based on elegant and functional layouts, allowing the occupants to inhabit them in a number of different ways, while also enhancing the appeal of this distinctive location. The interiors will be signified by calm, uncluttered space and the passive environmental strategy will maximize natural light and ventilation.
Luke Fox, a senior partner and design director at Foster + Partners, remarked:
“I am delighted that our first project in Lebanon is under construction. 3Beirut will be a significant addition to the city and I look forward to it contributing to the emerging success of Beirut as an international destination.”

[ Foster + Partners ]

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Elektra Bakery in Greece | Interiors

I’m not sure if I actually love this bakery or giving into my Carb cravings! I actually think its both. The combination of wood and crisp clean Carrara  marble finish is just amazing. It opens the entire space yet allows the cozy feel of a bakery. Stylish Tom Dixon lights and the industrial Tolix chairs add a hip element to this 35 square meter space located on a very strategic corner in Edessa Greece.

Studioprototype worked on this pilot project for the bakery chain.The floor plan is  narrow and linear, the designers suggested having the long marble food counter as the focal point of the entire space.

A sense of craftsmanship is imbued with the exterior of the shop being entirely clad in cedar like a well tailored suit. Punctuating the cedar cladding on the long facade, a black powder coated steel window box projects outwards beyond the ‘crust’ of the shop to serve as a seating area and bar for customers inside and outside the shop.

 

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Icelandic Volcanoes by Marcel Musil | Photography

Impressive photos of Icelandic Volcanoes by Marcel Musil.

Lebanese Artist Nathan Sawaya Creates Conan and Colbert Lego Sculptures| Art

Nathan Sawaya , whom I posted about before, strikes again. This time he creates Lego sculptures of both Conan O’Brien and Stephen Colbert.

Nathan creates human figures in additional to architectural models and portraits out of Lego bricks what is new to me is that many of the pieces he uses are recycled.

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The Park Hotel Hyderabad by SOM | Hotel Design

Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed the new flagship hotel for The Park Hotel Group: The Park Hotel Hyderabad. The project is 531,550-square-feet, with 270 rooms hotel with a modern, sustainable design yet respecting the local craft traditions.

The hotel is  well serviced with spas and restaurants, with space designs including materials reflecting Indian materials and crafts combined with the latest technologies to provide the best services for their clientele.

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Heineken New York Headquarters | Office Design

 

This has to be one of the most inspiring spaces I have seen. TSC Design worked on Heineken’s 38,000-square-foot office space in New York making use of elements and colors that serve as a branding locale as well. The elevator lobby is one of the most catchy spaces using the green glass Heineken bottles that are illuminated to give such a beautiful effect.

The other color they used was the red which is also part of their brands logo. The red was used in popping elements such as reception Arne Jacobsen  chairs and in the desk partitions and employee chairs as shown in photos below.

 

 

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My ‘Hot-Clicks’ On Khaleejesque

Check the article out on Khaleejesque!

From the ‘About’  section of  Khaleejesque

Khaleejesque is a thriving lifestyle online magazine that revolves around everything hip and happening in the Arabian Gulf countries when it comes to the continuously evolving cultural scene.

The six countries that make up the GCC – Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar – share closely related culture, history, and values; as well as a similar future. Apart from a couple of blogs and local magazines that do cover this flourishing culture, no one has really attempted to focus on the Gulf.

We aim to do so.

Khaleejesque is essentially a reflection of the Gulf transformed into an online magazine; it’s a one click portal that features everything there is to know about the Gulf. We, the Khaleejesque team, aim to cover the latest in regional happenings, feature interesting people and initiatives and share inspiring stories that are waiting to be told.

To check out their website go to Khaleejesque.com

Mercedes-Benz New SLS AMG Roadster Revealed | Cars

Finally the Mercedes-Benz reveals the new SLS AMG Roadster. The 6.3 liter turbo engine comes with 571 horsepower and is a beauty. While the SLS brought back to life the iconic 300 SL, the new SLS AMG Roadster is the convertible version of car and once again impresses. The compact fabric soft top of the SLS AMG Roadster opens and closes in just eleven seconds, and can be operated on the move at speeds up to 50 km/h.

The SLS AMG Roadster is fitted with a naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine that produces the typical rumble of an AMG eight-cylinder engine.

The three-layered fabric soft top is a weight-optimized magnesium/steel/ aluminum construction, and is said to contribute to the car’s low center of gravity.

Boot capacity is 173 liters with the roof either open or closed, and is similar to that of the SLS AMG Coupe, which is 176 liters.

The roadster is open for booking from June 1, with its market launch in the autumn 2011. The selling price is 195,160 euros.

 

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Louis Vuitton Voyages Launches in China | Exhibition

Louis Vuitton presents the " LOUIS VUITTON VOYAGES " exhibition at the National Museum of China May 29th to August 30th 2011, Beijing.
This exhibition will be tracing the highs of the Vuitton Maison since its establishment in 1854. As the name of the show implies, it will focus on the traveling heritage of the house, from the handmade trunks of the past to the modern globetrotting figures who continue to stand by the brand.

 

 

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Andreu World Reveals 2011 Chair Collection | Furniture

Andreu World released a series of chairs and barstools during the last Milan fair that took place last April. The highlight of their collection was the new line designed by world renowned designer Patricia Urquiola named “NUB”. In this collection, you will notice the common trends all designers whether in fashion or architecture are leaning towards. The trend is “the back to basics”, where designs were simple and part of a “natural” and somewhat rugged interior. Check these chairs, and see how differently they look once applied to the proper setting.

 

 

 

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