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Design for Others
URBANE DESIGN INTERVENTIONS is a design firm that approaches design from a holistic point of view while attempting to integrate the different design disciplines into the design process.
Who? • A group of young designers that come from different design backgrounds, to form a multidisciplinary design team which includes the stakeholders • We help clients find what they really want • Teamwork dominates over individual framework • We believe in self-honesty to admit wrong • We believe in an infinite process of learning
URBANE DESIGN INTERVENTIONS provides design constancy services in the fields of architecture, interior design, graphic design and urban design. How? • We appreciate the complex nature of the design process and the necessity to include all stakeholders to deliver a successful and sustainable outcome • Our design process is inclusive and participatory • Experimentation and innovation are tools to answer design problematic • We decline some projects so that we can focus on a few that are meaningful to us • We educate our client to judge us • Trust is what we hope to achieve from our clients
Our Process: • Design process is participatory • We design for others • Design is a problem solving tool What? • We understand the boundaries to know how to break them when we need to • We provide a context responsive and responsible design • Our design is inclusive and sustainable. • We settle for nothing less than excellence by trying over and over to reach desired results
What is the Design Process?
Pre-concept, Data Collection, & Research
The design process is the way we work. It is a simplification of the main steps we go through, as it could also serve the clients as a site map of progress and their role in giving birth to their own project.
At this stage, the client comes with his brief of the project.
These steps allow a level of maturity to emerge from the design; a structure holding the intangible aspects of aesthetics and everything that can not be calculated otherwise.
Our role is to identify his needs and vision. We also define the design program and the scope of work. > Upon agreement the deal is born
Evaluation / Analysis
Here, we evaluate the given, and identify the project layers. These layers can be categorized as the following: Users Functions Program Legalities Site context Environmental constraints and Financial aspects. Then we set a strategy and some constraints to achieve the goals. > Informing the client of the design problematic and strategy
Concept / Synthesis
At this stage, we come up with a concept that answers the defined problematic. This is done through brainstorming sessions, evaluation of pros/cons, choosing and eliminating, and developing the distinguished idea. Then we materialize the concept. We take into consideration the areas, cost estimate, and we come up with conceptual diagrams, select materials, do 2D drawings and form 3D visualization. > Concept presentation & receiving feedback
Design Proposal & Finalization
A preliminary design emerges. The preliminary design is the step where the conceptual design is interacting more with the context. > The preliminary design is presented. Then we make developed drawings. > Another delivery and further feedback At the final stage we go into detailing specific components of the design and develop the detailed drawings. > Upon feedback we present the detailed drawings as we get the final approval and the production starts.
PROJECT 001 METS ENERGY
Project 1 / Industrial
Mets Energy New Factory
Client : Mets Energy Project Location : Beirut, Lebanon Project Year : 2010 Scope & Status : Concept Design Type : Industrial Status : In progress Size : 6,100 sqm The project site is located in Bchamoun a mixed-use suburb with a growing industrial zone. The proposed site location is at a hillside that is predominantly of natural vegetation. The program of the project included in addition to the factory space, spaces for the factory administration. A main constraint was the steep slope of the site which was used to the proposed design. We opted for a simple white volume that take advantage of the site natural vegetation and slope to standout to it as background. We also emphasized the small volume of administration functions by creating a split and a shift in the floor levels thus giving also direction towards the views and giving visibility and distinctiveness to the management floor.
Previous page: The massing of the project and color use the prominent green background to standout from its context Top: West elevation, immersing the warehouse volume in the site allows for the use of its roof and blends into the natural terrain of land Bottom: Project entrances and their relation to the existing street WORKERS PARKING
Overhanging volume of administration bldg. overlooking valley
GM office with panoramic view
Created entrance for administration bldg.
Entrance to bldg. Entrance from METS factory Entrance to warehouse Entrance to parking
Top left: The administration building volumes have been shifted in a way to define the administration and the entrance 600
Top right: Concept Diagrams
Bottom left: The project is composed of three volumes. Main volume of the factory and the other two define the administration building Bottom right: Plan of the Ground floor level
PROJECT 002 CROYDON
Project 2 / Residential / Commercial
Croydon Furnished Apartments
Client : HMA Project Location : Beirut, Lebanon Project Year : 2010 Scope of work : Renovation Study Type : Furnished Apartments Status : Aborted at concept design Size : 4,300 sqm The client wanted to renovate this building while maintaining its initial function as a furnished apartments building. Our proposal began with a thorough analysis of the existing building and its relation to surrounding streets and its street views in a way that serves the function of the building. Accordingly, the proposed design aims to create a street view interactive faรงade by abolishing the modular faรงade and replace it with linear elements that visually highlight the new transparent corner while simultaneously creating an interesting visual illusion from street view.
First page of the current project: Close-up view of the facade treatment Left page, left: Side elevation of design proposal Left page, middle: View of proposed design from streets intersection adjacent to the site Left page, right top: Street view approach sketch of design proposal Left page, right bottom: Aerial view sketch of design proposal Right page, top: Diagram of facade layers and balconies Right page, bottom left: New composing elements Right page, bottom middle: Street view of final design proposal Right page, bottom right: Analysis diagram of building existing situation
PROJECT 003 AYOUB
Project 3 / Mixed-use
Ayoub Mixed-use Building
Client : Ayoubâ€™s Family Project Location : Monrovia, Liberia Project Year : 2010 Scope of work : Concept Design Type : Mixed-use Status : In progress Size : 2,300 sqm The given program for this project was to have a mixed-use building encompassing furnished apartments of different sizes for lease and retail space at the ground floor level. The concept was initiated by creating two main volumes for the furnished apartment overlooking the two main streets adjacent to the projects lot. The outdoor space created between the two volumes was used to insert an outdoor swimming pool which was part of the clientâ€™s requirements. The two main volumes are placed on top of the commercial function platform at the ground floor level creating a secure enclosure for the swimming pool, buildings entrances and also used host the technical services.
PROJECT 004 RAS ANNABEH
Project 4 / Residential
Ras Annabeh Apartments Building
Client : Shaar Family Project Location : Beirut, Lebanon Project Year : 2010 Scope of work : Concept Design Type : Residential Status : Aborted at concept design Size : 4,300 sqm The project is a proposal for a ten-story apartments building in Ras Al-Nabeh an urban neighborhood in Beirut. The proposal is to cater for a specific number of apartments and areas. The concept was to create a central vertical volume that enclose the main balconies of the apartments and at the same time subdivide them into smaller a volume that breaks the redundancy of the repetitive floors. Finally, the main volume is marked by raising its height above the rest of the buildings.
Current page: View of the design proposal from main street
PROJECT 005 ERBIL UNIVERSITY
Project 5 / Educational
Client : KACEC Project Location : Erbil, Iraq Project Year : 2009 Scope of work : Prepare concept design for Erbil University Type : Educational Status : Aborted at concept design Size : 23,300 sqm In this project our task was to design the buildings of a predefined campus design by an education consultant that caters for very specific and strict educational requirements. The limited site area was an additional constrain that we had to deal, trying to fit in the chosen site an ambitious spatial program. The buildings designed included colleges buildings, faculty buildings, administration building, studentâ€™s building, theater building and staff accommodation building.
Previous page: View of a outdoor space surrounded by colleges buildings Top left: Areal view of campus Top right: View of staff accommodation building Bottom left: Perforated metal screen of external stairs Bottom middle: View of administration building Bottom right: View of studentsâ€™ building
Previous page: Top: Faculty and Staff Building Bottom: Aerial View of campus Current page: General plan first floor
PROJECT 006 AL RAWDA
Project 6 / Educational
Al-Rawda Intermediate School
Client : Meedan Engineering Project Location : Rawda- Bekaa, Lebanon Project Year : 2009 Scope of work : Concept Design Type : Educational Size : 2,500 sqm Our task was to design an elementary school that utilizes the maximum allowable area and provide accommodation for summer camp users in summertime. The two main constraints that informed the concept were the site and the clientâ€™s requirements. The site is bounded by two water streams at two parallel edges which are in turn bounded by two streets adjacent to the streams. The concept introduced three playground areas of different spatial characteristics to induce different uses by the children, in addition sufficient circulation space were incorporated in the design allowing for smooth flow at peak times. Accordingly, the building massing followed the introduced playgrounds spaces to define different playing spaces for girls/boys (requirement of client) and covered/open space to the playgrounds.
Previous page: Aerial view of project Top: Front view of project Bottom inage: View of project form main street
Top left: photo of study model Top right: Diagram showing the circulation concept in relation to surrounding and zoning layout Bottom: Ground Floor Plan
PROJECT 007 RIYADH MILITARY AIRBASE
Project 7 / Military
Spectators Venues - Riyadh Military Airbase
Client : ECMG Project Location : Riyadh, KSA Project Year : 2008 - 2009 Scope of work : Under construction Type : Institutional Status : Under construction Size : 3,400 sqm A new shed structure was to be added as cover for the spectatorsâ€™ venues used for the graduation ceremony for graduating officers. In addition the structure was to encompass an indoor VIP lounge and seating area. The concept was to introduce spatially light structure that can shed all seating areas while leaving seethrough area in the shed structure above open areas allowing daylight though and giving lightness to the structure. This lightness of structure was coupled with aerodynamic lines for the shed geometry that complements the initial concept.
Previous page: Aerial view of project Top: Back elevation Bottom: Front view showing venues and VIP hall
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Top left: Section Top right: Mass plan Bottom: Isometry of structure geometry
PROJECT 008 EL GHOUL
Project 8 /Industrial
El Ghoul Glass Factory
Client : El Ghoul Glass / Sultan Steel Project Location : Bchamoun, Lebanon Project Year : 2011 Scope of work : Design Type : Concept design Located in Bchamoun area, EL-Ghoul Glass factory is located at the main road of Bchamoun. We were hired to design the new factory that is located in an L-shaped lot. The site is unique for its long faรงade. The proposed design capitalizes on the long faรงade and the inclined adjacent road. The faรงade is reactivated in respond to the dynamism of adjacent street; different volumes are extruded in different extents at different levels massing of the building. Color and materials are again used to accentuate the faรงade composition.
Previous page: Street view of factory, showing different entrances of the factory. Top left and right: 3D views of the factory Bottom: Street view of factory showing faรงade composition
Top: Factory front facades Bottom: Close-up view of entrance and glass faรงade
PROJECT 009 PHF
Project 9 / Commercial / Interior
Client : Aqaria International Project Location : Kuwait City, Kuwait Project Year : 2010 Scope of work : Design Type : Interior design Status : Built PHF is a coffee shops chain that caters mainly hospitals users. The client launched an upgrade project for existing locations in addition to new locations. The given requirements were to maximize the use of allowed space in addition to have a design that provides mobility and flexibility. Our concept was to subdivide the required functions and equipment into generic movable modules which could be moved, relocated and rearranged at any time. The final design and theme of project was in harmony with new brand image that reflected healthy and fresh food.
Previous page: Perspective view of PHF in second location Ameeri Hospital
Sink module Juice module
Top: The concept of using functional modules provides flexibility and mobility Bottom: Perspective view of PHF first location in Ameeri Hospital
Vertical fridge Vertical display module
Coffee module Sandwich module
Display module Cashier module Cashier extension module Display module Pastry fridge module
Project 10 / Product Design [Cart] Left top and bottom: Counter Plan and Elevation TOASTER 35x45x20 75x45x20
Right top and bottom: PHF coffee cart design
COFFEE GINDER 20X37X59
MICROWAVE 45x30x20 45x60x35
Client : Aqaria International Project Location : Kuwait City, Kuwait Project Year : 2010 Scope of work : Design Type : Interior design Status : Built
TURKISH COFFEE MACHINE 20X20 BLENDER 25x25x55
ESPRESSO MACHINE 80X58X57
CUP DISPENSER KNOCK BOX
45X75X90 CUTTING BOARD
VERTICAL FRIDGE 65X60X200
pastry fridge 100x75x135
Separation between modules
pastry fridge 100x75x135
Display strip usually containing graphics White strip linking all the modules visually Stainless steel skirting (stays clean from shoe marks)
PROJECT 011 METS ENERGY
Project 11 / Industrial
Mets Energy Factory
Client : Mets Energy Project Location : Bchamoun, Lebanon Project Year : 2010 Scope of work : Design Type : Industrial Status : In progress Size : 25,000 sqm Our task in this project was a twofold job. First, design the factory building which was mainly a two-story pre-engineered steel structure that contain the main heavy equipment and production process. Second, design the worker’s building attached to the factory and the administration building. Our proposal was to integrate all buildings into a single volume in a way that responds to the irregular lot boundary geometry. The main factory building was the main volume which was subdivided visually into two horizontal volumes to tone down its mass. The worker’s building was as a transition volume from the large factory volume to the much smaller administration building volume. The workers’ building façade was animated by transferring the vertical circulation inbetween its floors to outside thus adding movement dynamism to its façade. Finally, the administration building was linked to the rest of volumes by means of an external façade that extended from the workers’ building external skin, and simultaneously creating protection for the building glass façade from extra heat and glare.
Previous page: View of administration building facade treatment first alternative Top: View of administration building facade treatment second alternative Bottom: View of factory main building from main street
Top: Side elevation
Bottom: Typical floor plan
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PROJECT 012 SULTAN STEEL
Project 12 / Industrial
Sultan Steel Factory
Client : Sultan Steel Project Location : Beirut, Lebanon Project Year : 2010 Scope of work : Faรงade renovation Type : Industrial Status : Under construction Size : 6,500 sqm Located in Bchamoun area, Sultan Steel factory is located at the main road of Bchamoun. Our task was to redesign the building skin while it was under construction. The aim of the design was to give a distinct identity to the two main components of the buildings: the factory volume, and the administration building volume. The administration building was highlighted by adding a glass curtain to the corner emphasizing the entrance and creating a visual link between the outside and inner offices spaces. On other hand, the factory volume became the redundant background to the administration building thus giving the latter the importance and spatial dominance.
Current page: Main view of Sultan Steel factory showing the new facade treatment emphasizing entrance as the most visible and inviting part of the building.
PROJECT 013 AYOUB
Project 13 / Residential
Ayoubâ€™s Residential Building
Client : R. Ayoub Project Location : Fanar, Lebanon Project Year : 2009 Scope of work : Redesign of Building Facades Type : Residential Status : Under construction Size : 3,300 sqm Our task was to redesign the building skin which was under construction at the time. The aim of our proposal for the facades was to reconfigure the proportionally long form to become a more visually legible building mass. The new design resulted into three distinct masses that identified through material selection and solid/void different configurations.
Previous page: Close-up view of building balcony and side elevation Current page: View of building from main street
Left: Front facade Right: Back view of building
PROJECT 014 MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Project 14 / Institutional
Ministry of Public Health
Client : KACEC Project Location : Beirut, Lebanon Project Year : 2009 Scope of work : Design Type : Institutional Status : Under construction Size : 13,000 sqm In the project the dominant criteria were the limited BUA and complex space program required by the ministry. The aim of the concept was to provide a building that allowed for ease of flow for the public and provide a façade treatment that allows for flexibility in the office spaces subdivisions. The building, and as per the client’s request, has minimal glass façades treatments for security purposes.
Previous page: Main view close up Top: Side view Bottom: Main view
Top: Front elevation Bottom left: Side elevation Bottom right: Plan
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PROJECT 015 METS ENERGY
Project 15 / Industrial
Client : Mets Energy Project Location : Beirut, Lebanon Project Year : 2011 Scope of work : Office Building Type : Industrial Status : Under construction This project is a headquarters (Mets Energy) located at Khalde highway. Two main functions (showroom and administrative headquarter) were required for creating an easily recognizable landmark building to promote their brand. Accordingly the design of the overall structure developed out of the three factors: site, functions and client requirements. The aim of the design was to create a building mass that is legible and easily accessible from the highway. The mass of the building consists of 3 main volumes define two main functional components the show room at the ground floor and the administrative headquarters at the upper floor.).The building white color allows the building to standout against its background :( site natural vegetation), while contrasted with a glass faรงade that allows plenty of light to reach the interior.
Previous page: Night view of Mets Energy Headquarters from adjacent highway Top: Image for the headquarters building from the western side of the highway Bottom left: View of proposed design during daytime showing sun breakers elements Bottom right: Administration building close-up
Top: Concept Diagram
The integration of all volumes together defines the structural form of the building
Bottom left: Administration building close-up Bottom right: Side view of administration building
Porch for showroom
Independent volume The subtraction process of the additional volume from 2nd volume, creates a common and a linking space (void) between the showroom (GFL) and the administration (other floors) area and provides an access to natural light to the entrance
An aesthetic element to emphasize on the front elevation and the entrance
Previous page: Top: Side Elevation
Current page: Center: Typical plan
Bottom left: Front faรงade
Right: Top view of model
Bottom right: Study model
PROJECT 016 MANOUSHE
Project 16 / Commercial / Interior
Client : Aqaria International Project Location : Kuwait City, Kuwait Project Year : 2011 Scope of work : Design Type : Interior design Status : Under Construction The intent of the project was to prepare an interior design for the new food chain â€˜Manousheâ€™ in Kuwait city; which specializes in serving Lebanese traditional food. As the first location for the new chain, the location the proposed interior design will stipulate the general theme for forthcoming locations. Accordingly, the theme chosen was to use specific elements related to traditional Lebanese architecture yet in modern way. The interior pitched roof and the use of wood represent of the elements utilized for this purpose.
Previous page: Main view of location interior showing eating area and serving counter design Current page: Interior facades of the new location
Top: Perspective view of Manoushe restaurant Top right: Side elevation Bottom right: Front faรงade
PROJECT 017 INKRIPT
Project 17 /Industrial
Client : Inkript / Sultan Steel Project Location : Morocco Project Year : 2010 Scope of work : Concept design Type : Industrial For this project our task was to devise a face-lifting intervention to the existing exterior design of Inkript factory in Morocco. The offices and administrative part of the factory building was emphasized in the new design as focal element to the large spread of the industrial building faรงade. Additionally, a changing motif was applied to the faรงade of industrial part of building creating dynamic feel along view from street.
PROJECT 018 HAMRA MOSQUE
Project 18 / Religious / Offices
Client : Confidential Project Location : Beirut, Lebanon Project Year : 2012 Scope of work : Concept Design Type : Religious/ Mixed-use Status : On Hold Hamra district is the cosmopolitan and vibrant district of Beirut. The client intended to construct a modern mosque to attract youth to the religious building. As the urban mosque typology in Beirut has grew over the years to encompass several other functions (e.g. offices, retail,â€Śetc), this mosque also was include those function to ensure financial sustainability of the project . The client also requested the mosque design to capitalize on the strong pedestrian flow in the area. Accordingly, the challenge was to maintain the Islamic identity of the building using modern architectural vocabulary, integrate the mosque into a dominant urban context, and ensure functional harmony between the diverse functional elements of project.
Previous page: Main entrance to offices, multipurpose hall and retail and showing mosque minaret Current page: Top & Bottom: Initial massing of project Right: Perspective of view
Top: Street view of mosque Bottom: Ground Floor Plan Right: Section
PROJECT 019 AL NASIRIYYA
Project 19 / Residential Compound
Client : Premium Projects Project Location : Basra, Iraq Project Year : 2012 Scope of work : Master Planning and Architecture Type : Residential / Mixed- use Status : In progress In response to the large demand for housing in Iraq, Premium Projects initiated and affordable housing project in Basra. The project comprises of 3 main types of houses in addition multi-story apartment buildings. This is complemented with necessary community facilities and commercial/ retail functions. We were commissioned this project in attempt to provide a community based design for the housing element of the project, in addition to provide attractive urban setting to become and added value for the project.
Previous page: Top: Master Plan Bottom left: Street view of housing units Current Page: Top left: Section through housing unit Top right: Housing unit plan Bottom left: Street view of housing units Bottom right: Housing unit faรงade
Top: Aerial view Bottom: Street view of apartment buildings
Top: View of main street of project showing project mall and mosque Bottom: View of mall and apartment buildings
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