SB Architects reshapes Beirut's Waterfront City

SB Architects announced the completion of the design for the first phase of Waterfront City, a mixed-use community on the Mediterranean Sea near downtown Beirut. The project is scheduled to break ground this summer, setting in motion a multi-phased development.

SB Architects won an international design competition for the master-planning and design of this 48-acre project. The firm collaborated with landscape architecture firm Sean K Simms on the master plan, and worked with local architecture firm Erga Group on the design of Phase I.

The first phase of residences at Waterfront City was introduced to the public in 2011. It is a joint venture between Beirut-based Ste Joseph G. Khoury et Fils Holding and international development partner Majid Al Futtaim. Located 15 kilometers from Beirut’s Central District, Waterfront City revolves around a grand pedestrian promenade elevated seven meters above sea level. This promenade is the defining concept of SB Architect’s master plan, and overlooks the Joseph Khoury Marina.


Phase I will include 270 luxury residences rising eight levels above street-level. All Promenade Residences, accessed via semi-private elevators, will enjoy views of the sea to the west and the Lebanon Mountains to the east. Penthouses on the upper levels will have ocean views and rooftop terraces, while the first-floor residences will open onto terraces complete with private pools and pool houses. Used throughout the project are the warm hues of limestone block, wood louvers and other natural materials.

SB Architects will continue work on future phases, which will include further retail development, luxury residences and a hotel, as well as a destination shopping mall and commercial office space. When complete, Waterfront City will total more than 5,000 new residences, along with commercial and retail districts.

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