HAZ1, Beirut Village

Credits:
Partner in Charge: Youssef Mallat
Architect in Charge: Sandra Richani
Team: Richard Kassab, Carine Khoury, Arine Aprahamian, Tanios Abou Khalil 
Project Description:
Located on the outskirts of the city, HAZ1 occupies one plot in Hazmieh’s Beirut Village development, a total of 16 plots that surround a 29,000m2 private garden. HAZ1 strikes the coveted balance between the vitality of urban life and the serenity of the suburbs by recognizing both scales, and allowing residents to glide effortlessly between them.

A sprawling green space connects the development’s buildings. On the edge of the green space stands HAZ1, made up of two independent entities. The first block is on scale and in harmony with its natural surroundings, accentuating the village atmosphere. Imagined as a glass screen secluding and reflecting the landscape, it contains the reception of each luxury apartment and optimizes the view.

For a single moment, residents hover in a magical spot between the city and the country; they must pass through a suspended passage to reach the second block. This cluster of buildings is designed at the scale of the urban landscape, revealing private living spaces that mimic the dimensions of the city apartments on the horizon. Pocket gardens extend between the two blocks, allowing light, air and green views to further blur the line between urban and rural life.

Collaborators:
Renders: Tony Antoun
Factsheet:
Location: Hazmieh
Client: Solidere International
Project area: 5,800 m2
Year: 2010
Project status: On Hold;