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Project • By SOMA architectsHousing

ONE AT PALM JUMEIRAH

One at Palm will rise at the entrance to Palm Jumeirah, one of Dubai's artificial archipelagos. It consists of 90 exclusive residences, ranging from 270 to 2,000 sqm. The project proposes a new standard of living through its unique design based on the culture in which it is set. The project takes full advantage of the panoramic views of the Palm to the North and the Dubai Marina to the South, while simultaneously providing a sense of arrival and iconography for the entrance to both the project and the entire island. The residences are arranged methodically, through an extensive process of adjacency and view studies, in order to achieve unobstructed, plunging views while maintaining the privacy of each residence. Each residence has views... More

Project • By SOMA architectsOffices

Blue Nile

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Project • By SOMA architectsHousing

O2

Responding to strong and specific data, our proposal for this project purposefully takes into consideration the cultural heritage in which it is set. Situated at the heart of Faqra Club, the site is a gently sloping terrain with stupendous views of the valley, and, at some points, of the Mediterranean. Our proposal utilizes a system that has been tried and tested over hundreds of years when dealing with mountainside slopes: steppe, or terrace farming techniques. It seemed like a natural solution to gently break down the site’s slope into a series of terraces or plateaus that follow the curvature of the site and its topography. Building on a simple 5x5m grid system slanted diagonally from the North-Eastern peak down to the Southern and W... More

Project • By SOMA architectsApartments

Bobo

Mar Mikael is rife in the rare kind of qualities that could create a promising neighbourhood. Situated on the outskirts of downtown and close to the highway makes Mar Mikael easily accessible. Several new projects sprouting up in the area have led to a gentrification of the Mar Mikael district, but have also delivered a fresh plate for architects to create a new architecture for Beirut. BOBO is a mixed-use building that reaches beyond such a challenge. This crystalline formation diverges out of the ground and detaches itself in a strong contrast from its surroundings while its reflective glass skin simultaneously reflects the surrounding urban fabric. The project itself was set to replace a row of disused shops at one end and a 1920s' two s... More
W Residences
W
W Residences
W Residences
W Residences

Project • By SOMA architectsApartments

W

A corner site location in Achrafieh's Mar Mitr quarter imbues this project with corner-site challenges. While SOMA is renowned for double skin projects, W wears its second skin out of necessity due to location and exposure: the longer site edge faces south and the shorter one faces west and demands that one extremely important and problematic issue be solve in terms of solar and heat. A unique identity was created through this second layer skin sunscreen. Extensive research revealed that a horizontal louvered system was efficient for sun screening. The regenerated parametric design reacts to an interior program whereby the depth of the louvers is variable according to which interior function it is shading and which interior function require... More
Boutique Hotel
Boutique Hotel

Project • By SOMA architectsHotels

Boutique Hotel

Located in the Chiah area of Beirut, Lebanon, this project consists of a renowned international restaurant on the ground floor, a boutique hotel in the majority of the building, and a rooftop lounge. Each programmatic element is conceived as an independent volume. The hotel is constructed in concrete and glass, and hovers over the restaurant, which is constructed of a delicate glass curtain wall. The result is a monolithic volume floating two stories above the ground. A series of operable wooden screens give ultimate flexibility in privacy and shading, while allowing guests to interactively customize each façade of the hotel. More
CHABROUX
CHABROUX
CHABROUX

Project • By SOMA architectsHousing

Chabroux

Located in the resort area of Faraya, Lebanon, Chabroux represents a new typology for the chalet. Responding to the dramatic views and rugged landscape, the chalets emerge from the natural landscape as if they were eroded over time. Their crystalline volumetric detach themselves from the backdrop while opening up to the dramatic views. Our proposed project is a reaction to the rugged landscape and rocky site and to the dramatic contrast of the site in summer and winter. In summer and fall, the volumes stand in direct contrast to the vegetation around them, like crystals protruding from the earth. In winter, however, this contrast with the snow is more subtle, until the evening, when the crystalline volumes are lit from within, and becom... More

Project • By SOMA architectsBars

Workshop Kitchen & Bar

The client requested a fresh new architectural identity to correspond with his opening of the Workshop Kitchen & Bar restaurant in Palm Springs, CA. The given site, the Historic El Paseo building, immediately constrained the possibilities of the design, which we exploited to our advantage. The project seeks to retain the elegance of the existing space, by enhancing the verticality of the existing space. The concrete furniture stands in immediate contrast to the white existing building. In the center aisle, a large communal dining table acts as a more public dining space, while large monolithic concrete booths provide a more intimate dining setting. Additionally, a private dining area at the rear of the space allows guests to dine at the mon... More

Project • By SOMA architectsShowrooms

Unilux

With 20 meters of frontage but only 4 meters of depth, the existing ground floor space provided a unique opportunity for a commercial street front fit for a lighting showroom. The client, Unilux Group - the largest supplier of high end light fixtures in Lebanon, requested a unique space in which to exhibit the products sold by the company. Due to the shallow depth of the existing main space, a conscious decision was made to envision the space as larger than its confines of the walls in order to visually appear larger as well as draw pedestrians into the store. What started as a simple two dimensional system evolves into a sophisticated matrix that guides the design process throughout the space. By envisioning the space as a solid mass, w... More

Project • By SOMA architectsOffices

Aura

Aura, the new city center for Erbil, creates an iconic skyline in vein with that of major metropolitan areas. The design uses the diagram of an equalizer to achieve an iconic skyline, and ultimate flexibility of program and area distribution. The buildings form two wings which embrace the parkland in between, allowing for not only for a dynamic landscape within the park, but also maximizing the natural light and ventilation into the park and underground retail center. The landscape within this park is designed using a series of interchangeable modules which act as pools, tree planters, pavilions, and grass panels. These intensive operations resulted in a matrix that not only directed the physical implementation of each wing, guided the ca... More

Project • By SOMA architectsMasterplans

MAYASEM MASTERPLAN

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Nikki Beach

Responding to strong and specific data, our proposal for this project purposefully takes into consideration the cultural heritage in which it is set. Situated at terminus of the Damour River, the site is a gently sloping terrain with stupendous views of the Mediterranean and the river. Our proposal utilizes a radical system that is found in several natural formations: a branching configuration. It seemed like the natural solution to gently break down the site's slope into a series of volumes perfectly oriented to the key sea and river views without obstruction from other buildings. Each "branch" allows direct street access, both pedestrian and vehicular, and soon individual volumes start to emerge following a rigorous strategy of sitting... More

Project • By SOMA architectsHousing

50 Lispenard

50 Lispenard is a seven story refurbishment project located in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City. The original building was a garment factory, and is historically protected, thus the extent of the refurbishment was limited to strictly interior improvements, with the exception of a duplex penthouse addition to the roof. The interiors are rich with wood, steel, and concrete, recalling the original industrial function of the building. The duplex penthouse revolves around a double height void and glass bridge overlooking two outdoor roof terraces. More

Project • By SOMA architectsPrivate Houses

Manoukian House

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Castor

Two factors determined the paired buildings' angular façades: the site location among built up small streets and blind alleys and the zoning regulations. The structural ensemble that emerges is formed from two skins: an interior core in tune with traditional architectural construction found regionally and a steel exoskeleton wrapping the interior core. The exoskeleton has a thin, light cable structure that serves as support for vines, vertical "green" walls and landscaping. This outer skin expertly screens the interior core and gives a unified identity to both buildings as a whole, while ensuring that each building retains its own character based on orientation and growth patterns. This in effect yields three distinct layers: the interior c... More