an architecture practice led by Walid Zeidan based in Lebanon, whose work spans several countries & varies from luxury towers, private residences, interiors to object design. Recent success stories include the launch of the Okhtein Flagship store in Cairo Egypt and featured in Forbes Magazine and Vogue Italia. Wz Architects architecture firm has projects in Lebanon, Cairo and Saudi Arabia as well as most the MENA region. At WZ Architects we believe it is the uniqueness of each individual that forms WZ architects, just like each element in our designs has its own identity. We inspire each other and together drive the direction and approach to our work.
The client ’s intent was to implement a temporary project on a site with high visibility.
The program is a small F&B cluster that is to become the neighborhood cantina. On the upper level are indoor and outdoor co-working spaces. A single element drives the design by defining spaces, circulation, urban furniture, railings, graphic signage, electrical conduits, lighting fixtures, and plumbing pipes. We baptized this approach “FURNITECTURE”. The upper level elements are pre-fabricated. This allows dismantling and moving the project or selling it at a later date enhancing the economic feasibility and return on investement (ROI) of the project. The proximity to the highway also incited us to incorporate billboards in the architecture further increasing ROI.
Walid Zeidan, Bernard Mallat, Marc Bou Rouphael, Rackelle Tebechrany, Victorio Bou Diwan