Beirut's tallest building passes the half way mark

Sama Beirut tower tipped to initiate Lebanon into the high-rise fold

Contractor MAN Enterprise is set to complete the Sama Beirut for an opening date in 2014.
Contractor MAN Enterprise is set to complete the Sama Beirut for an opening date in 2014.

More than half of the 50 storeys of the Sama Beirut, which is located in the Sodeco area of the Lebanese capital’s Achrafieh district, have now been completed.

Upon completion by MAN Enterprise, the tower will be the tallest building in Lebanon at 193m, rising 40m higher than the current tallest Platinum Tower, which was designed by architects Nabil Gholam and Ricardo Bofill and built by the Arabian Construction Company.

"This project will bring Lebanon into the club of high rises,” said Fady Antonios, CEO and chairman of the Board of Antonios Projects, the tower's owner and developer.

“Thanks to its modern, environment-friendly architecture and the advanced green technologies used, the Sama Beirut, which was designed by ERGA group, will be a model for all buildings to come."

A surprising feature of the project given Beirut's dense urban plan is that the tower will occupy 5,200m² of land but with a footprint of only 1,050m², with almost 80% of the plot set aside for gardens and open space.

Commenting on this point Architect Elie Gebrayel explained: "The aim was to provide a green breathing space around the project instead of creating a multi-building compound that would reduce green space in the city.

The project was announced on August 13, 2009, and is set to open next year.

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