The Piazza Multiple Residence by Badih and Kantar Architects

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
The Piazza

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Multiple Residence

INSPIRATION:
The Piazza is an intimate residential area. It draws its inspiration from the way Mediterranean cities have evolved over time to become places of character, and reinterprets the resulting communal feeling into a modern neighborhood. It favors a relaxed informality to its urbanism, an approach echoed in low-rise buildings, not just displaying affinity to each other, but often connected with bridging terraces.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Piazza is comprised of a collection of harmonious structures, made up of individual buildings each reflecting its own identity. The site is an almost perfect rectangle and the natural breaks form a route that would thread through the site and connect to the city. Reciprocally, Jeddah’s urban spirit influenced The Piazza to carry three district layers: a street level of shops, lanes and gardens, a middle layer of well-planned apartments and a top layer of villas and terraces.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
While being an intimate residential area, The Piazza is also an open gate community which favors pedestrians to a great extent and draws people casually through open piazzas and terraces into a gallery of retail outlets.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Location: Jeddah KSA Duration: 2 years

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Reinforced Steel Concrete Structure Paint & Plaster finishing Mechanical stone cladded walls over concrete masonry units Aluminum framed windows with 24mm hermetically sealed with structural double glazed silicone. Exposed surfaces with Modified Bituminous Membrane Roofing

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The site is in a 6674 m2 plot, located in the very heart of Jeddah, only meters away from King Fahad Hospital and from the strategic road Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah.

TAGS:
The Piazza, Residential, BK, BK Architects, badih and kantar architects

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The Piazza is an intimate residential area. It draws its inspiration from the way Mediterranean cities have evolved over time to become places of character, and reinterprets the resulting communal feeling into a modern neighborhood. It favors a relaxed informality to its urban feel, an approach echoed in low-rise buildings, not just displaying affinity to each other, but often connected with bridging terraces.

CHALLENGE:
The main challenge was to create a sense of privacy in an urban residential compound while keeping the public access to the ground level of commerce, altogether striving to attain a homey identity amidst the urban chaos that has been ruling the city lately.

ADDED DATE:
2016-02-22 13:41:47

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Badih & Kantar Architects

IMAGE CREDITS:
Badih and Kantar Architects

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Badih and Kantar Architects

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Badih and Kantar Architects

PROFILE:
Badih & Kantar is an Architecture and Interior Design studio based in Beirut, Lebanon. Led by 3 partners, the firm currently employs more than 30 architects and designers from diversified backgrounds and nationalities, each recruited for their particular competence, experience and enthusiasm. Since 1998, the workshop has been steadily growing into an international practice, undertaking and completing over 150 projects all around the globe, from the Middle East and GCC areas to the Near East, Europe and the United States. The studio's proficient team tackles more than 20 ongoing projects, from conceptual design and technical drawings to construction supervision and furnishing. Throughout its growth, BK strived to maintain their "studio" identity, where creativity and flexibility are the cornerstones of the thinking process, providing fertile grounds for imagination and cooperative interaction in order to attain a refined interpretation of the client's aspirations.

NOMINATION DETAILS

The Piazza Multiple Residence by Badih and Kantar Architects is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

The Piazza Multiple Residence by Badih and Kantar Architects is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2015 - 2016.



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