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ABC Department Store's Facade in Dbayeh


nARCHITECTS is currently in construction of the 500,000 sq.ft. ABC Dbayeh department store - a Beirut landmark for Beirut’s oldest and most important department brand. This project provides a 300,000sf addition and a new facade for the existing 200,000sf building. Turning various constraints into opportunities, the project creates a cohesive assembly of disparate parts: four volumes step down the sloped site, terminating in a backlit laser cut aluminum screen on a prominent highway bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

The screen will reduce heat gain on the building’s western exposure. Waste from the aluminum cut-outs on the westernmost volume is being used as a cladding element throughout the remaining three volumes.
Text and Images courtesy of nARCHITECTs
Location: Beirut, Lebanon 
Program: Department Store exteriors
nA Scope: Design of all exteriors to 100% CD level, including overall massing and details.
Area: 500,000sf building (including Phase 2)
Completion: In Construction as of January 2011
Consultants: ARCHITECT OF RECORD: ABC Department Store Technical Team: Lamia Jallad, Johnny Salman. STRUCTURE: Bureau Rodolphe Mattar, Beirut; Architect, INTERIORS: A-Consult; LANDSCAPE: ZMK.
Team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Principals);Phase 2: Stephen Hagmann (Project Manager), Tiago Barros (Project Architect), Hubert Pelletier (Project Designer), Seung Teak Lee. Phase 1: Stephen Hagmann (Project Architect), Hubert Pelletier, Tiago Barros, Julia Chapman, Dominique Gonfard, Christopher Grabow (Design Team). Competition Phase: Alice Wong (Project Designer), Dominique Gonfard, Adam Vana.
Client: ABC Department Stores
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nARCHITECTS brings an open-ended approach to the design process based on clear diagrammatic thinking and an ability to unite a wide array of concerns into a rigorous and cohesive outcome. Complex client identities, layered sites and phasing requirements are unpacked and reframed as straightforward design opportunities. We are a technically precise team, balancing innovation where possible, with tried and tested approaches where necessary. Our approach to site is nuanced and agile - sensitive to opportunities and irreverent to cliches. We approach environmental questions as both a technical and cultural issue, and seek to surpass current thinking that compartmentalizes performance issues. In short, we achieve simple designs that produce a richness and flexibility of experience, with an economy of conceptual and material means.
nARCHITECTS, PLLC (USA/CANADA) was founded in New York City by partners Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang in 1999. The studio's work has been recognized internationally as a leading practice with awards, exhibitions and publications in over 15 languages. Recent awards and recognition include a New York


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