Program: Office Headquarters & Congress Center
Location : Kuwait Bay
designed in collaboration with multination (KA)
KFAS is a vertical city
KFAS is a lighthouse
KFAS is a solar energy captivating device
KFAS is an open house and an intersection of events
KFAS is an outdoor exhibition and multi functional space
Client: KIC - TSEZ
Program: Knowledge and Innovation Center
Location : Tripoli - Rachid Karami Oscar Niemeyer Fair - Lebanon
designed in collaboration with Hatch Architects
The project located next to the UNESCO world heritage nominated site designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, presents an architectural opportunity to create an extension of the exhibition area.
Knowledge and Innovation Center is an incredible opportunity to contribute to the civic fabric of the city. The design of an iconic, multifaceted, functional office neighborhood, and micro-scale parks, promotes the intersection between nature, working and public life.
The design of the multiple landscape conditions that vary in between valleys, ponds, forests, plateaus, sculptural gardens, linear parks (roof) and playgrounds create a series of linear in-betweens (lines).
The un-built series of landscape conditions seep into the roofs of the in-betweens creating a series of flows from the city into this now continuously alive space making the project a destination, weaved into the Niemeyer’s deserted and fenced monument, and Tripoli.
The in-between lines are inhabited with an urban stacking of programs (offices, lounges, meeting spaces, cafes, plazas, roof gardens ...) that vary between private, semi private and a series of public plazas linked by a network of pathways.
The relation of the in-betweens (lines) to each other, the surrounding, and access from its context is of utmost importance. With the ground and building merging at times and intersecting at others the flow in and out becomes non hieratical. This creates a continuously active (day and night, holidays and working days) unpretentious democratic office block.
In addition the office spaces are all in proximity to a public space, a ground or a roof. Every corner surprises you, calms you down and makes you think.
The offices plans are gridded, and divided into blocks, a symbol of fabrication and efficiency while neighborhood atmospheres are maintained.
The campus no longer is experienced as a block or an object in the city instead alternate possibilities for weaving this into the city is achieved through several different zones that come together in creating an experience that would celebrate the NIEMEYER site, with a series of chords that result as the in between buildings.
“When she rides a long time through gridded cities and blocks she aspires for a tree. Finally she comes to KIC, a neighborhood where the buildings rise from the ground, frosted with reddish shades, where perfect walks and meetings are made, where the visitor hesitating between two gardens always encounters a third, where discussions generate opportunities among the neighbors. She was thinking of all these things when she met KIC
KIC, therefore, is the office campus of her dreams: with one difference. The dreamed-of city contained her during her working hours; she arrives at KIC at night to see it filled with light and laughter. In the gardens and on the roofs there is the bench where the old men sit and watch the young go by and the kids play. Desires are always warm, dense yet serene”
Commission : Built 2018
Client: Raffi & Anelga Arslanian + Hamazkayin
Program: Nursery - Kindergarten
Location : Mezher - Lebanon
local architect Meg Architects
Program: Residential Apartment
Location : Paris 008
Competition: Finalist (Pending)
Client : QIIB Bank
Location : Doha | Qatar
designed in collaboration with a multinational
The design of the Headquarters of a local bank in Doha is based on the relationship of the building with the surrounding context. The building benefits from different communal spaces that are designed at different levels offering horizontal (client | branch) vertical (branch | headquarters) relationships through a series of voids forged to create indoor open spaces | pushing the project to inhabit the boundaries of the site.
Client: Mounla Residence
Program: Interior | Dining Space
Location : Hazmieh | Baabda | Lebanon
Client: Des Choux Et Des Idees
Program: Pastry Boutique
Location : Abd El Wahhab El Inglizi - Beirut
Studio Etienne Bas has recently converted a parking spot for a residential building into a 20 sqm pastry shop for Des Choux et Des Idees. Integrating the retail and the street experience, the architect uses an “urban mirror” to reflect the pastries for passersby. Over the course of the day, the urban mirror gradually changes its positioning with a manual process reflecting passersby instead of merchandise. The different reflections based on opening hours aim at extending the street into the store and vice versa.
The store, a monochromatic space, brings together mainly different white textures and materials. The latter concept reflects the layering of pastries served by the store. The circulation in the shop revolves around a central structure that inhabits the main display fridge, the cashier, a storage space, the urban mirror as well as indirect lighting for the unit. The structure is entirely composed of a 2cm steel structure white painted profile
Commission : Aborted
Program: Restaurant - Lounge
Location : Mar Mkhayel | Beirut | Lebanon
Located at the heart of the Armenia Street in Mar Mkhayel | the project is the renovation and addition on an abandoned structure in the so-called region of Hajin which is inhabited by the Armenian community |
the project revolves around a central courtyard that opens to the street and continues vertically through a bar structure that becomes an urban viewing deck.
Client: Beirut Municipality
Program: Landscape | Urban Regeneration
Location : Achrafieh - Lebanon
Date : 2015
Client : Undisclosed
Product : Dining Table
Location : Paris
designed for product line Borgi Bastormagi in collaboration with Nada Borgi
Commission : Aborted
Program: Offices Complex
Location : Beirut | Lebanon
designed in collaboration with multinational (KA)
the project - an office headquarters - inhabits the plots perimeter.
the area of the project is then subtracted with a series of green pockets that create different experiences throughout the elevated floors of the offices.
the Ground floor acts as a service floor for the entire structure. The skin is a translucent mesh that hides and shares different qualities of the spaces of the building with its vicinity.
Open Call : Prototyped
Client: Open Call SBODIO 32
Product : Mirror
Location : Exhibited at Milan Design Week | Fuori Salone
in collaboration with Nada Borgi
[ ME ] RROR
Photography: Wissam Chaaya
[ me ] rror
noun mir.ror \ 'mir-er, mi-rer
1: a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection < she looked at herself in the mirror >
2: a: something that gives a true representation < the press as a mirror of public opinion > - C.G. Bowers
b: an exemplary model < she is the mirror of feminine beauty >
The object created for BORGI | BASTORMAGI for "sense-me" by SBODIO 32 for Milan Design Week 2017, questions the relationship of the body with its reflection.
While looking at yourself is another mundane activity; it is, in reality, a moment of connection with the self.
Seeing himself in parts, hiding other ones, [ me ] rror allows the user to reconstruct his own perception of himself through a scattered reflection of fragments.
The take on this product by the designers, shatters this view, highlighting parts of the whole and never the entire, allowing for imagination to flow, pushing the user to create a different view of themselves.
[ me ] rror is designed with metal rods and surfaces.
Partially geometric, partially sculptural, partially sleek, partially raw, partially stable, partially fragile, it holds an urban edge, inspired by Beirut's urban landscape and signage. The design aims for equilibrium between its parts, a balance aimed for, daily, by the urban dweller.
Status : Aborted
Program : Institutional
Location : Dhahran | KSA
Client : Ghazzawi Holding
Date : 2014
designed in collaboration with a multinational (KA)
the design of three different schools, on one single plot with one client and three different operations, has been conceived as one large canopy with different structures and voids underneath.
The project reads as one entire design of a school with common facilities, each identified by a different color scheme and layout based on the programmatic needs
Competition : Finalist
Client: Armenian Congregation
Program: Landscape Design for a Memorial
Location : Bikfaya | Lebanon
Client: Hassan Mounla
Program: Interior for a Residence
Location : Hazmieh | Lebanon
Client: THNM - Saudi 20 30
Location : Madina Mounawwara
in collaboration with a multinationa (KA)
Client : Hassan Residence
Product : Tables
Date : 2011
The volatile floating designed wing shape table is part of two elements with contrasting wood finishes (painted vs. natural) that create a dynamic organic centerpiece in an open space.
The table has an asymmetrical leg structure made from metal wires - a continuous line evolving into a structure - that holds the different wood finish table tops.
The tables are also available in different colors.
Dim: L = 150 cm W = 60 cm H = 45 cm
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The City , its urban life , social network, architecture & politics all translated into works.
Media: Ink / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Spray / Markers
Date: 2011 - Present