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Old January 26th, 2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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BEIRUT | Ritz Carlton | 35 fl | Pro

RITZ CARLTON, Beirut



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Designed by Chicago based architects Perkins and Will, the proposed project would have 35 floors. The design is influenced by the movement and appearance of translucent drapery thanks to the perforated metal facades that give the impression of looking at the building through a veil.

Looking like some haphazardly stacked books it is not a tower in a traditional sense it almost looks like a tower that's had a few chunks blown out of it, which perhaps could suggest some of Beirut's colourful and explosive history has also been influential in the design although is more like to be a deconstructionalist approach to the building's architecture.

This idea of the building as a loop is something that has gradually become more popular since Koolhaas first came up with the idea for the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing is one that is, with added clutter, embraced here.

If built it would house 250 hotel rooms which will be serviced and furnished to the high standards the Ritz Carlton are renowned for, 31 fully serviced apartments ranging in size from 190 square metres - 600 square metres, top notch health spa to chill out and relax in, restaurants, a nightclub to boogie on down in and of course there will be the all important shopping spaces.
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I've just found this thread after searching for it a second time. could a mod close this please. sorry.
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