Where are the capital’s skyscrapers located?
Beirut is no exception to the world’s infatuation with skyscrapers. While Beirut hasn’t reached the record-breaking race to top the world’s tallest towers of the Gulf area and Asia, no less than 50 towers will be higher than 100 meters by 2015. The race for higher floors is justified by the higher profits that come from the increasing price of the upper levels, but also by the possibility to offer views that cannot be obstructed – highly prized by buyers. Indeed, the higher the tower, the smaller is the footprint on the plot, and the larger the space that can be landscaped. Ashrafieh is the new high-rise hub, with four of the five current tallest towers.
Located in Sodeco, the highest tower of Beirut will count a total of 51 floors (including technical floors). Offering a mixture of residential units, offices, and retail space, Sama Beirut will be a self-contained development that not only claims the Lebanese record height, but that also boasts large green spaces and landscaped gardens. Residential units start at 194 SQM. The largest apartment is a 1,414 SQM duplex occupying the 50th and 51st floors. To boost sales, two years into the marketing process, the developer placed the smaller apartments on the lower residential floors, which start on the 10th floor onward. The project was designed by Erga Group.
- Estimated height: 195 meters
- Number of floors: 51
With its 42 floors (including three technical floors), Sky Gate is the highest tower located off Sassine Square on Georges Haimari Street, a street renowned for its tall buildings: Tilal Tower, Atonium Towers, Abou Hamad, etc. Sitting atop Ashrafieh’s skyline, the tower offers 360 degree views of the Golden Square, the Mediterranean Sea, and the mountains. The tower comprises 59 units varying from 359 to around 1,500 SQM. The smaller apartments, from 359 to 424 SQM are located between the first and 26th floors. Apartments between the 27th and 40th floors measure 785 SQM. A 1,506 SQM duplex occupies the two topmost floors. The tower due to its location atop the hill that is Ashrafieh, will be the highest tower from sea level. The project is signed by architect Nabil Gholam.
- Estimated height: 180 meters
- Number of floors: 42
Abdel Wahab 618
Located in Furn el Hayek at the corner of Furn el Hayek and the easternmost (top) end of Abdel Wahab el Inglizi Street, from which it takes its name, the project is a huge construction site that counts five blocks. The principal tower rises 37 floors high. About 3,000 SQM of land will be landscaped green spaces. Abdel Wahab 618 will offer 79 units. Apartment sizes start at 300sqm, confirming the trend toward smaller apartments in the area. More than 50% of the project has already been sold.
- Estimated height: 150 meters
- Number of floors: 37
Located on a plot measuring around 7,000 SQM, and offering a total sellable area of more than 50,000 SQM, Gemmayzeh Village is one of the largest projects of Beirut. It has three façades on each of Gouraud Street, Pasteur Street, and Sainte Famille Street. Gemmayzeh Village consists of five blocks surrounding a central tower of 36 floors. The tower offers two apartments per floor, measuring 393 and 443 SQM respectively and dominating the Port of Beirut. Although marketing activities began end 2008, the project was delayed by the urban study to which the neighborhood of Gemmayzeh-Sursock was subjected and by ongoing archaeological digs.
- Estimated height: 140 meters
- Number of floors: 36
Located in Ain el Mreisseh between Palm Beach and Vendome hotels, the project dominates the seashore with its 34 floors (including two technical floors). The highest tower of Ras Beirut has a French name, highly uncharacteristic of the area. La Citadelle offers two apartments per floor, for a total of 64 units measuring 685 SQM each. This is equivalent to a total residential area of 43,840 SQM. The marketing began in 2010, at a time when the high end market was already starting to slow down, giving the developers a tough challenge to overcome.
- Estimated height: 140 meters
- Number of floors: 34