Reinterpretation of Arabic latticework adds elegance
AISHTI FOUNDATION AND MALL | Beirut, Lebanon
size: 172,000 sf
completion: June 2016
photos: Christian Lahoude Studio
Shop! member Christian Lahoude Studio contributed to the architecture, design, project management, retailer
USING A CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC REINTERPRETATION OF TRADITIONAL ARABIC LATTICEWORK CALLED MASHRABIYA, a signature zigzag motif weaves its way throughout the four floors of this multi-brand mall, infusing the project with an elegant common language.
Applying the pattern of black and white broken lines, the motif appears in elements both large and small and gives the entire layout a modern, cohesive vibe. Flooring also depicts altered versions of the pattern using materials such as grey Carrara, travertine, Calacatta, grey terrazzo, Pietra Lavica, and Nero Marquina.
Using flexible freestanding fixtures ensures easy adjustment for incoming brands. Utilizing various metals as the main material, the fixtures vary from floor to floor. These include:
- Brass/champagne for women
- Rough blackened steel for casual wear
- White for kids
- Brushed stainless steel for men’s
- Black lacquered metal for beauty and accessories
An avant-garde art collection adds a colorful, thought-provoking touch to the retail experience. Cash areas and other key elements also provide wayfinding on each level.