Pictures: Allies and Morrison’s Beirut district

UK-based Allies and Morrison has revealed its design for District//S, a high-end residential complex on the edge of Beirut’s historic centre.

It contains 22 new buildings with 109 apartments and a network of pedestrianised public spaces – a piazza, a sunken garden and a series of lanes.

This is said to create a ‘vibrant public realm’ with a mix of cafes, shops and galleries.

Buildings are clad in stone and  feature large timber shutters – a contemporary response to the traditional Lebanese balconies and shutters which jut from buildings in the area.

Eight penthouses overlook a series of connecting rooftops with pools and terraces, creating a private landscape raised above the city.

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