Al Mayssam in-Transit Living (Residential Complex Building) by AGi architects
2012 - 2013, Silver A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
AGi architects states that the inspiration for Al Mayssam in-Transit Living Residential Complex Building came suddenly.
The Masterplan for the site includes the construction of six towers, viewed as a reference icon for the area. The residential tower consists of 90 units, with 3 apartments per floor; the units operate independently and only connected using a central service corridor. A typology is developed for each of the apartments and extruded into 3 towers; height variations forms a dynamic complex, avoiding monolithic massing. The parking structure works as a podium housing the 3 hovering towers and unifying the group. The main spaces have complete sea views, while service rooms look into the interior.
Design Challenges
The design was driven by several client considerations, however the main driving factor included maintaining sea views for all the living spaces, which resulted in splitting the tower into three separate and independent “sub-towers”. The site’s close proximity to the sea was a key factor in the concept of the building, elevating the apartments on top of the above-grade parking structure reducing the foundation and conflicts with the water table levels.
Production Technology
From an engineering point of view, the Al Mayssam in-Transit Living Residential Complex Building by AGi architects is a good example of a highly-developed project.
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