There’s something of a renaissance for electric heating taking place across the world with many architects, specifiers and builders now seriously considering electric central heating as an option for new build properties and even more so in refurbishment projects where the installation time and costs, as well as on-going running costs can be lower than those associated with traditional wet heating systems.
Intelli Heat Uk and MRAD enterprise Biblos – Lebanon specified and installed over 1000 Needo M Line electric heating system.
The secret behind NEEDO’s superior energy efficient performance is an innovative two-phase heat transfer process that not only delivers a much more rapid rise in temperature, but also facilitates heat recovery of energy already produced thereby substantially lowering running costs.
This unique process is called the Advanced Condensing System (ACS). Each radiator contains a small amount of eco-friendly, highly thermo-efficient fluid. During operation this fluid evaporates at high speed immediately releasing its energy through the condensing process to the inside of the radiator’s case and the heat generated is completely and quickly transferred from the radiator to the environment.
Number of Lofts : 29
Date of completion: end 2013 STATUS : 75 % SOLD OUT Architect : Bernard Khoury H&V MRAD enterprise Biblos – Lebanon
The project aims at providing non-typical working/ living lofts for the emerging creative scene in Beirut. It is located at the proximity of the NBT railway station. The circular floor slabs are organized around a central circulation core which is defined by an octagonal void that runs throughout the building.
A 30 m2 rotating platform moves vertically within the void and acts as a freight elevator which serves all the lofts individually providing direct vehicular access to every loft for moving large scale works of art, musical instruments, collectors car… When not in use, the moving platform rests at ground level giving way for a large central atrium that provides natural light and ventilation to the landings at all floors. The 360 degree glazed facade allows for full exposures on all orientations. With clear floor heights of 4m40 and 5m50, and wall to wall, floor to ceilings openings, the spatial quality of the proposed lofts is reminiscent of artist studios from the early modern period. Despite the radial configuration of the apartments on the floor plates, an orthogonal geometry governs the individual layouts of all the interiors. The seven story building consists of 24 types of apartments on a total of 29 units. The types range from 110 m2 duplex to 435 m2 panoramic loft. Ample vehicular parking is provided at ground floor and below ground where additional storage spaces are also provided for every loft.
Date of completion: 2015 Status : 60 % sold out Architect: Bernard Khoury H&V MRAD enterprise Biblos – Lebanon
The project aims at providing non-typical working/ living lofts for the emerging creative scene in Beirut, similar to the artist’s studios as they were known in SOHO in the 1970’s. Factory Lofts offers a wide array of surfaces, ranging between 150 sqm to 300 sqm to suit different requirements and demands. Factory Lofts is located at the proximity of the NBT railway station, at the vicinity of the Damascus highway, the national museum district and the intersection of the major east/west and north/south road networks of the city.
This area is in the process of gentrification and urban renewal, attracting alternative programs and activities such as the “Beirut Art Center” which just opened its doors to the public as well as new developments that consist of rehabilitating old industrial structures into residential apartments. Undeveloped government property runs along the western edge of the site and beyond, giving way for unobstructed view corridors across the Palace of Justice complex on the southern orientation and through the Sioufi hills on the north western orientation. The project is implemented in the center of the site, allowing for generous setbacks from the property limits on all sides and enabling open exposures on all orientations. An alleged freight elevator serves all the lofts individually providing direct vehicular access to every loft for moving large scale works of art, musical instruments, collectors cars.
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