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  7. Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron

Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron

Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron
Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron, Courtesy of Benchmark
Courtesy of Benchmark

Beirut Terraces rethinks the concept of the skyscraper, creating a vertical village composed of thin, elegant platforms layered in a playful formation. By offering lavish outdoor spaces, breathtaking views, and meticulously composed lofts, architects Herzog & DeMeuron bring an unprecedented way of living to crowded and dense Beirut.

More on these contemporary living spaces after the break...

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The architects' most conceptual work - the VitraHaus  project - is most likely the root of the "stacked" methodology adopted for this project in Beirut. However, the Beirut terraces are much more complex in composition, offerings apartments that range from 250sqm to 1050sqm and come in the form of simplexes, duplexes, and townhouses. Moreover, the project's most seductive quality, its terraces, range from 28sqm to 400sqm.

Courtesy of Benchmark
Courtesy of Benchmark

The building sits on a podium that occupies the entire lot, with the tower rising on 65% of the surface area. All 132 living units benefit from terraces and views, and they are placed with no relation to their size. A 300sqm apartment could exist on one of the highest floors just as an 800sqm is placed on one of the lower ones. Apartments often take form as one large surface, with glass separating interior from exterior and some plants separating a bedroom terrace from a living space's (usually) larger terrace. 

Courtesy of Benchmark
Courtesy of Benchmark

Small decisions draw the line between a more communal versus a typical residential building. Take, for instance, the idea of allowing all apartments to share a single large lobby surrounded by a 2000sqm shallow body of water accessed from four separate circulation cores. Every time a resident comes home he is reminded of nature's presence and welcomed by a crowd of people inhabiting the populated structure.

Sensitivity to space and light is not something unexpected from the architects. Think of their Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, done with Ai Weiwei: the roof shares similar qualities to the platforms that compose the Beirut Terraces. Moreover, the fluidity of the space as well as its relationship to greenery and the exterior are equally present in the Beirut Terraces.

Courtesy of Benchmark
Courtesy of Benchmark

The project came in third place for Best Futura Project at the 2013 MIPIM awards, recognized as one of the best un-built sustainable projects. It is widely credited for bringing a new typology to Beirut's waterfront.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Minet El Hosn
  • Partner In Charge

    Stefan Marbach
  • Project Director

    Tobias Winkelmann
  • Project Managers

    Ursula Hürzeler, Claudia Winkelmann
  • Project Year

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Ramzi Naja. "Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron" 02 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Hana Mounir · February 27, 2016

Does anyone know from where can i get architectural plans and sections for this project ? thank you in advance

Aceil Halaby · January 21, 2015

This project will be completed end of 2015. So far the Concrete structure and partial floor layouts and glass installation are complete. You can visit the buildings mock apartment which is furnished! #beirutterraces #verticalvillage

Lindsay · January 24, 2014

Does anyone know if this project has been completed yet or what the projected completion date might be?

nasrin · April 09, 2013

Condominium Plan-Condominium design

Beirutsi · April 04, 2013

That's the Holiday Inn...a sad reminder of the civil war.

TARchitect · April 02, 2013

Anyone else wonder whats going on with that shelled out building in the background of the top rendering....

neoprimate · April 03, 2013 12:18 PM

It actually is a building that exists, that was heavily shelled during the Lebanon war and is located smack on the coast line. The city hasn't decided yet to rennovate it or demolish it yet


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