Nestle Waters Head Office in Beirut | Bernard Mallat Architects + Walid Zeidan

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The Nestle Waters Head Office & warehouse are located on a lot near the Beirut River. It is a project intended to function as a logistical platform for the company; a head office that doubles up as a primary storage and distribution site.

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The scheme yields to the highly functional aspect of the warehouse by letting the vehicle path and turning radii carve its mass and produce a volume that maximizes size without losing efficiency. The office block acknowledges the importance of uninterrupted flow & sits atop the warehouse cantilevering above the access and creating a grand gate for the ubiquitous delivery truck.

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It is composed of three blocks stacked to pay homage to the storage function below. The building implies motion and surveillance.

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The volumes shift indicating a clear direction, the windows edges taper to suggest speed, and the triple height columns propping up the management volume slant in different directions bracing the structure and defining a passageway below that guides and protects pedestrians from the incessant flow of trucks.

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The edges of the three stacked cubes of varying height and length are black to clearly show they are sections of a larger whole truncated to allow light, air, and grey matter to funnel through. All apertures in the pristine white skin of the office block are highlighted with a solid black edge conjuring a new form of Panopticism. The building is designed to unambiguously communicate efficiency, control & manifest destiny.

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Project Info:

Name: Nestlé Waters Beirut Head Office
Architects: Bernard Mallat Architects, Walid Zeidan
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Architectural Team: Louis El Khoury, Hammoud Badran, Mahmoud El Charif
Area: 5500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ieva Saudargaite

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