3Beirut is the very first Foster & Partners project to break ground in Lebanon. Beirut has battled to overcome its war scars, but the new mixed-use residential and retail tower strives to be part of the city’s renewal as a tourism, commerce, retail and entertainment hub. The first green-roofed tower in the city has been designed around existing pedestrian networks that connect the historic city center to the Mediterranean Sea.
To liven up the uber-built up area, the podium level and surrounding external spaces will include several shops, cafes, restaurants, a gymnasium, an art gallery and public gardens. The north facing windows overlooking the harbor will be glazed while the south facing side graduates in steps to integrate seamlessly with the surrounding city.
Inside, the elegant but functional interiors have incorporated passive design strategies to assist with natural lighting and ventilation. Among the first towers to be built with a sustainability ethos, 3Beirut is likely to become a landmark building in the city and will hopefully inspire other developers to follow suit.
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