Urban regeneration

Beirut has become a very interesting city in today’s global architectural landscape. Many renown architects have designed buildings there, including the Foster + Partners studio which, with the 3Beirut residential complex, has now completed its first project in Lebanon

3beirut by Foster + Partners, Beirut
3beirut by Foster + Partners, Beirut

Owner: 1397 Hosn
Developer: SV Properties & Construction
Main Contractor: SV Properties & Construction
Architecture & Interior design: Foster + Partners
Collaborating architects/Structural Engineer: Samir Khairallah & Partners
Lighting Consultant: Speirs & Major
Landscape design: Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture
Photo credits: Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

Beirut offers a stimulating and ambitious testing ground, having embarked on a process of reconstruction in the 1990s with the Solidere (Société Libanaise pour le Dèveloppment et la Recostruction) master-plan, the objective of which is to transform the city centre into a modern western city, where multi-story residential buildings rise alongside financial and institutional offices. The arrival of big names from the world of architecture has further improved construction standards, increasing safety criteria in the Lebanese capital.

The Foster + Partners complex, located in the Beirut Central District, is made up of three distinct towers of varying heights (32, 23, and 18 floors), clad in limestone and designed with environmental sustainability as a focus. A project that, in addition to adding to Beirut’s prestige in terms of tourism, commerce, retail, and entertainment, also introduces green to the neighbourhood. In fact, 3Beirut includes a system of pedestrian walkways alternating with green spaces, which connect the historic centre to the south with the marina to the north. The project’s master-plan was designed with recesses in the layout specifically intended to create courtyards and gardens.

At street level the buildings will house stores, cafés, restaurants, a fitness centre, an art gallery, and public spaces, while the lobbies are connected at the ground floor via infinity pools, which flow from the inside towards the outside and which include waterfalls created by changes in level. The southern facades of the three soaring towers were conceived with recesses to create terraces and vertical gardens, designed in collaboration with the Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture studio, while the northern facades are predominantly covered in windows in order to provide these apartments with a spectacular view of the port as well as to allow the warm Mediterranean light to enter through the strip windows.

The staggered floor plan ensures that each apartment has its privacy, thus avoiding that residents’ views overlook neighbouring units. The functional apartment layouts are available in various sizes, from approximately 200 square meters (with terraces and balconies) for the smallest, to over 1000 square meters for the three penthouses that occupy the tops of these three skyscrapers which dominate the city skyline.


Recreational space, a 26-meter swimming pool, a gym, and a McLaren showroom are just a few of the services with which 3Beirut helps to animate the city centre, as well as a series of temporary exhibits on display in the art gallery on the ground floor, which also hosts artistic and cultural events.