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.
Beirut is in need of additional public spaces, parks, public transport, infrastructure and the like. Yet despite what would seemingly bring any city to its knees, this one, while clearly chaotic is surprisingly resilient. It is an authentic mess that adapts and sometimes operates fairly well. We sought to learn from its unruly patterns. The city’s unexpected contradictions are the basis of the Cluster H project located in Hazmieh, a neighborhood at the edge of Beirut. The plan, learning from Beirut, attempts to materialize the paradox of ‘organized chaos’. A cluster of irregular polygons allows the building to adapt to the unusual lot form. The masses at the backyard turned out to be a very practical response to the constantly changing program of our clients and their tenants.
Bernard Mallat, Walid Zeidan, Mahmoud Charif, Tamer-Georges Musharbesh, Michel Semaan, Chadi Dagher, Louis El Khoury