Discover Benelux | Issue 11 | November 2014

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Discover Benelux |  Special Theme |  Dutch Architecture & Interiors

Russian residential towers are often very alike but the ‘Sadovy Rayon’ project in Cheboksary by Orange Architects has a unique and sculptural façade.

The Cube will be a luxurious apartment block at the east of Beirut, Lebanon. The concept for this project is simple, but extraordinarily effective. In this project ‘maximize’ means: making optimal use of the site’s potential, the local building codes and the fantastic views over Beirut and the Mediterranean; maximum height (50 metres or 164 feet); and the view from each apartment will be optimised. The design is striking, yet it fits within the city of Beirut. Orange Architects designed the project in its urban environment, with local techniques and materials. Jeroen Schipper: “The client was so satisfied with the design, he immediately bought three apartments for his children.”

Sadovy Rayon A great example of using local materials and techniques is the second project: the ‘Sadovy Rayon’ project in Cheboksary, Russia. Orange Architects was asked to create a residential complex with shopping facilities. The use of pre-cast concrete panels from the local factory was a must.

shifted and turned the plates, leaving gaps between the walls. Those gaps became bay windows, divided balconies and rooms; all by using the pre-cast panels in a different and unique way.” By rotating the standard concrete panels the apartment building transforms into a slim triangular tower with a unique and sculptural façade. The Russian residential towers are often very alike; square, which results in views into the neighbour’s apartment. The four residential towers designed by Orange Architects are triangular shaped, and rotated in relation to each other to maximize the view. The surrounding park runs over the shopping promenade and provides access to the residential towers. “The towers are triangular, as is the client’s company logo. We added a helipad with his company’s logo,” says Schipper.

Orange Architects is an energetic, open minded and positive company. The team consists of approximately thirty partners. They have all the people they need for delivering great strength, and if they don’t, they find them. Like the two Russian employees who deal with the sometimes complex Russian building regulations. Hofman: “We have a great team of energetic and experienced architects and interior designers. Together, we have the knowledge for all kinds of projects. It truly is a great pleasure working with so many talented people around us.” Meijers: “It does not feel like working anymore.” Schipper: “Key point of Orange Architects is ‘maximize’, it drives our team to create successful designs. We maximize our clients’ satisfaction.”

Jeroen Schipper, Michiel Hofman and Patrick Meijers.

Schipper: “By reviewing the factory potential we proposed an even more simple construction method for the concrete panels they produce. Normally they make pre-cast rectangular panels with holes in them, for the windows. We proposed they create panels without these holes. We

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