Piuarch, an Milan-based architectural firm, was invited to design the new headquarters of the Banque Libano-Française in Beirut in an invitational competition, and the final winner was announced as Snøhetta. Piuarch proposed a 120-metre-tall tower shaped by structures interacting with the different heights of buildings from different periods across the urban fabric and covered by vertical sheets projecting the building upwards.
这座大楼在与黎巴嫩首都之间相互融合的同时，也满足了这座城市对一个现代感十足建筑的需求。它坐落于城市艺术文化发达的Mar Mikhael片区，被各类艺术展厅、餐馆和商铺所包围。建筑北侧紧挨沿海主干道Charles Helou大道，使人们在建筑内可以远眺这一重要地标。
The project for the new BLF Headquarters interprets its setting and opens up to the Lebanese capital, while meeting the need to provide a very modern headquarters. The site is located in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood, a fashionable part of the city livened up by art galleries, restaurants and shops. The project area is bordered to the north by Charles Helou Avenue that runs along the coast and is an important landmark overlooked by the building.
The invitational competition organized by BLF specified that special attention had to be given to creating harmonious relations with the city to make the new headquarters an important urban landmark. The Banque Libano-Française, in turn, was looking for an architectural design whose spaces could simplify the organization and quality of work, optimize productivity and, most specifically, provide the city with a ground-floor construction interacting powerfully with existing structures through both its interiors and exteriors.
The project entered in the competition is developed around various guidelines based on a study of the Beirut cityscape and Mar Mikhael neighborhood: the new headquarters' stylistic design interacts with the city in its own way and through its own specific identity. The structure forming the tower overlap to focus on the different building heights characterizing the Lebanese capital: the ground floor structure represents the level of the old city; then another structure reaches up into the sky on a vertical par with the contemporary city. The entire building is pervaded by a long "green" pathway that extends from city level right up the entire height of the tower. This green line winds up the entire construction like a band: a sequence of twisting ramps dilating into landscaped terraces leads up to the top floors of the building, where spacious hanging gardens interact with the urban environment.
Banque Libano-Française's new headquarters look very slender on the outside, gradually taking on greater shape as the building extends upwards with its various fronts having their own distinctive traits. Three of these fronts are covered with closely-knit vertical strips instilling the structure with plenty of dynamism, while the other takes the form of a regular pattern of hanging gardens, which brighten up the elevation through endless shades of green.
Category: Invited competition
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Client: BLF Banque Libano Française
Built area: 28500 sqm