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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Nestlé Waters Beirut Headquarters by Bernard Mallat Architects

 
March 12th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Bernard Mallat Architects

The Nestlé Waters’offices & warehouse are located on a lot near the Beirut River. It is a project intended to function as a logistical platform for the company; a head office that doubles up as a primary storage and distribution site.

The scheme yields to the highly functional aspect of the warehouse by letting the vehicle path and turning radii carve its mass and produce a volume that maximizes size without losing efficiency. The office block acknowledges the importance of uninterrupted flow & sits atop the warehouse cantilevering above the access and creating a grand gate for the ubiquitous delivery truck.

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

  • Architects: Bernard Mallat Architects
  • Project: Nestlé Waters Beirut Headquarters
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Photography: Ieva Saudargaite
  • Client: Venture Group – Rabih Saba
  • Year: 2014
  • Site area: 7488m²
  • Built area: 5500m²
  • Structural material: Reinforced concrete – Precast & cast in place, circular steel columns

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

  • Architectural team: Louis El Khoury, Hammoud Badran, Mahmoud El Charif
  • Structural Engineer: Anwar Antoun – Civil Minds
  • Mechanical Engineer: Rabih Khairallah
  • Electrical Engineer: Naji Geha
  • Project Manager: Platinum Invest Holding
  • Contractor: ACEC
Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

It is composed of three blocks stacked to pay homage to the storage function below. The building implies motion and surveillance.

The volumes shift indicating a clear direction, the windows edges taper to suggest speed, and the triple height columns propping up the management volume slant in different directions bracing the structure and defining a passageway below that guides and protects pedestrians from the incessant flow of trucks.

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

The edges of the three stacked cubes of varying height and length are black to clearly show they are sections of a larger whole truncated to allow light, air, and grey matter to funnel through. All apertures in the pristine white skin of the office block are highlighted with a solid black edge conjuring a new form of Panopticism. The building is designed to unambiguously communicate efficiency, control & manifest destiny.

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

Image Courtesy © Bernard Mallat Architects

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