Aylout 32
Pavlos Nicolau
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Doors and Windows Technal
GX Aluminum Series
Oak Composite cladding BoardsEnviroBuild
Pioneer
Color extreme sheen Jotun
Jotashield
Laminated GlassSaint-Gobain Glass HQ
SGG Stadip Silence®
Ram 131 Strip with closed grooveRAM Metal Industries

Product Spec Sheet
Doors and Windows
GX Aluminum Series by Technal
Oak Composite cladding Boards
Pioneer by EnviroBuild
Color extreme sheen
Jotashield by Jotun
Laminated Glass
SGG Stadip Silence® by Saint-Gobain Glass HQ
Ram 131 Strip with closed groove

Aylout 32

Akl Architects as Architects

Located in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, in a highly-populated area, the plot benefits of a green neighborhood which makes it rare in the urban tissue.

The triangular shape plot is surrounded by a three stars' hotel from its rear side, an "evergreen" land from its secondary boundary, whereas the main road elongates its prime elevation.

The 16 units building consists of small-sized apartments, 2 and 3 bedrooms' units, not exceeding 160 square meters per unit and targeted for young middle-class couples.

Due to the site's unusual shape, the building was conceived in an "L" shape, which gives the opportunity of having on its wider facade and lateral elevation big openings in relation with the context and from the rear side of the building, a patio that serves as a source of light to the apartments.

The process started with a regular, "L" geometry, followed by a series of fragmentations.

The mass becomes extruded volumes.

Disparate openings of all sizes randomly positioned, create framed views on the green scenery.

Loggias and balconies with depressed accessible flowerbeds act as an extension of the green surroundings towards the internal functions.

The entire building becomes a series of fragmented masses with various openings and loggias interacting with the surroundings.

The building is divided into two separate entities. Each entity is composed of a core serving two apartments per floor.

The units are spread all along the main and lateral elevations and are mainly conceived in a double oriented plan, which makes the light pass through each unit from its both sides.

Double oriented units composed of simplexes and duplexes benefit from the light.

Site regulations impose the use of stone cladding on all elevations and red bricks tiles on the roof.

As an answer, the fragmented volumes were cladded with a natural stone skin covering a honeycomb wooden texture acting as a frame around all the openings and Recessed Red bricks covering up the roof interspersed with vertical windows acting as loopholes in the massive stone.

Various points of view towards nature and the surroundings, double-oriented layout plans, and double-height duplexes, fragmented treatment of the volumes, and a complex mix between stone cladding, wood, and disparate openings, form the identity of the building.

 

Material Used :
1. Techncal - GX Aluminum Series for Doors and Windows 
2. Saint Gobain - Laminated Stapid Silence Glass
3. Envirobuild - Oak Composite cladding Boards / Pioneer
4. RAM Metal - Ram 131 Strip with closed groove
5. Jotun - Jotashield / color extreme sheen 

Read story in EspañolDeutschPortuguêsItaliano and Français

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
A first look at the multi-functional CO'Met in Orléans, France
9 Feb 2023 News
A first look at the multi-functional CO'Met in Orléans, France

Realized by Populus in collaboration with Ferrier Marchetti Studio, as well as Cahix & Morel Arc... More

AT Design stacks  striking white volumes to create this hotel in Lishui City, China
8 Feb 2023 News
AT Design stacks striking white volumes to create this hotel in Lishui City, China

Set atop a mountain in Suichang County in Lishui City, China, the Miwo Hotel, designed by AT Design,... More

10 Residential Kitchen Countertops
8 Feb 2023 Specification
10 Residential Kitchen Countertops

Countertops are durable work surfaces that work in tandem with cabinetry and appliances to complete... More

Quaint bamboo screens dictate the elevation of this private house by Vazio S/A in Brazil
8 Feb 2023 News
Quaint bamboo screens dictate the elevation of this private house by Vazio S/A in Brazil

Nestled in the rural area of Serra da Moeda, a natural heritage of Minas Gerais, Marinho de Serra (M... More

Auditorium–Theatre in old Illueca clad with a beautiful red clinker facade
8 Feb 2023 News
Auditorium–Theatre in old Illueca features an unobtrusive form clad with a beautiful red clinker facade

In the northern Spanish town of Illueca, this new cultural building replaces an aging cinema on the... More

Nendo designs the walls of the new office of Creature Inc with an array of Pokemon steel cards
7 Feb 2023 News
Nendo designs the walls of the new office of Creature Inc with an array of Pokemon steel cards

Tokyo and Milan-based design firm, Nendo unveils the new office for Creatures Inc, one of the three... More

Office of Political Innovation takes a playful and irreverent design approach to design for children
7 Feb 2023 News
Office of Political Innovation takes a playful and irreverent design approach to design for children

On the outskirts of Madrid in Encinar de los Reyes, Reggio School by the Office of Political Innovat... More

10 carpets featured in commercial projects
7 Feb 2023 Specification
10 carpets featured in commercial projects

Carpets for offices are always a smart choice for commercial flooring because of their enticing desi... More