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2 Projects in Koura, Lebanon | Best of Archi- Tech+ Studios

In this post today, I will highlight two nice Projects I did design recently because it took me a very good time before it was completed as its final look, due to many constraints that faced the design process; I was obliged to do many editing sessions to ensure the matching between good architecture and the boring local construction rules sometimes...
Good to note that in my country Lebanon there is many of rules related to the construction permission industry that needs reconsideration or some changes or even a re-study of it to match the modern lifestyle or so. Anyway, to whom it may concern, I'm sharing a public link for a free downloadable e-copy of the Construction Laws Set in the Arabic language, currently applicable in Lebanon, for the general knowledge. To download it click on the link here.
The other major issue that usually the architect or other designer confront is the client himself; because some clients have false believes in mind about many architectural facts that were inherited from generations to generations all by mistake or lack of good culture...

I may discuss those important topics in other upcoming posts.

Architectural Review

Private Residence in Btourram

This is a private residence, located in Btourram, a small village in Caza of Koura- North of Lebanon, about 80 to 85 km far away from Beirut and a height of 300 m above sea level.

This village is famous for its old traditional Lebanese-style houses.

To meet the needs of the client and the small reserved-to-built area of the plot, I was obliged to shift the concept of the villa to an aspect ratio of a rectangle of its sizes in different dimensions.

As a result of this theory, we obtain a shifted shape of a rectangle of a ratio of approximately 16:9.

The fact is: such a rectangular shape is hard to convert into a good practical-architectural and functional-living space without facing issues in circulations between rooms and even the exterior concept will be difficult to deal with it.

In my opinion, the best solution between the two constraints was the use of this aspect ratio rectangle, as you will see later in the figures down here shown; it ensures a good interior functionality while providing a nice view for the architectural concept (...)

The villa consists of two floors:

1- Ground Floor that includes a living area + wide reception + dining room and of course a kitchen + a breakfast corner.

2- First Floor of three bedrooms each includes its own private toilet and a family area + kitchenette.

To view or download the plans of the Ground and First Level, please go to the relevant link as following: click for the Ground Floor and the First Floor. You will be redirected to another safe site which you will be prompted to download the .jpg files. Sorry for any inconvenience to request the links. For the Elevations, click respectively on Elevations_1 and Elevations_2 for all sides. And finally, for the Sections click on Sections to download the document.
All will generate a total of 233 m. sq. as the built area only, and a total payment of 2,000 US$ for the design and permit folder (Execution fees excluded)

Remark: The client did not request a rendered 3D view; otherwise, the cost will be increased.

Technical Notes:

- As to spread the knowledge and the knowledge for all, especially for the Architecture major's students that always find it hard to get their references, I hereby share the original .dwg file just to download.
The document includes all the drawings of the project with the construction lines needed to accomplish the drawing task in the very best way;
You can also find the ultimate arches drawings for both the elevations and sections, which can be used in other designs for the same architectural style.

I own all the copyrights concerning Design and Drafting.

The ACAD blocks are customizable and can be extracted to be used on any other file.
The document is compatible with the ACAD version 2013 and later.
The Arabic ACAD Fonts are also available to download here.

Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Kourani | Ⓒ All rights reserved. 2016

Project Review Report

Commercial and Residential Complex in Koura

Commercial & Residential Building in Koura- Lebanon
Residential and Commercial Buiding- View 2 from the main road

This is the second project I want to review; it took a lot of hard work and time...

Located in Btouratige Main Road, it was designed with minimal saving costs in mind (as per the client's instructions of course).

The saving costs include in fact two obligations:
1- Minimize the cost of the design; which is not acceptable at all.
2- Benefit from maximum space, to rent or sell after the end of works; which should be the goal of every good architect.

After many editions and variables of the plans and the concept, the project was born from nothing [if I can say]. It includes as many spaces as it can have: four apartments on each floor, equal area for each one, with only one stair to serve it all to reduce the waste of lost space to the minimum...

The building covers four stories including the ground, which was reserved for commercial purposes.

To download the Ground and Current Floors, please click on the links Ground Commercial Floor and Current Residential Floor respectively. The Downloaded files are in the .jpg file format only. The .dwg format file is only available upon request.
The three remaining floors are for housing, with slight modifications in the external shape for architectural purposes (...)

Each apartment area equals 130 meters sq. approx. and benefits from three bedrooms, one large living area, and a wide kitchen with a dining corner.

The project was fully designed, by means of rendered presentations, in addition, of course, the permit documents which include all the related drawings for the building. (Execution files not included)

A total cost of 3,750 US $ as for the CAD documents for the formal permit folder (design + drafting) and two rendered presentations with mental ray / 3DS Max Design.

Technical Notes:

- If you liked the rendering of this project, the render settings are available to download here as a .rps file including all the illumination parameters and other useful settings; It can be loaded into your scene by selecting it when prompted to do so in the Render Setup dialogue window within the rendering menu.
Load it before starting a rendering!
The Lighting used here is the Daylight from the command panel→ systems→ Daylight, plus an individual Omni light to enlighten the dark zone in the shoot. You will also find within the download a .dwg format file including all the floor levels and the 3d model of the project. Tip: Try to import the 3d file onto the 3ds Max Design application and render it for yourself, using the .rps file provided above. Enjoy and share the results with us! Good Luck!
Owner: Mr. Paul Sleiman | Ⓒ All rights reserved. 2016

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