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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Beirut Waterfront – go-to for nightlife!

Compiled by TeamIAnD
Photography:  Walid Rachid; courtesy the architects
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Rabih Geha Architects transform nightlife with the launch of a new nightclub, AHM, on the up-and-coming Beirut Waterfront…

Architecture firm Rabih Geha (RG/A) is continuing with its transformation of Beirut's nightlife with the launch of AHM – a ground-breaking dance pantheon located in Beirut, Lebanon.

Anchored on the upcoming Waterfront District, the new nightclub is situated on 1200-square-metres of reclaimed land and features a temple-like open top design that aims to reignite the imagination of the city’s club-goers. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding Mediterranean Sea, mast-like structures and linear lighting dominate the space, mirroring the formation of a ship on the sea and referring to Lebanon’s seafaring ancestors, who would embark on journeys that took them to the “ends of the Earth”.
 
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A circular focal point remains a constant within the space, emulating the iconic rising sun or a full moon and drawing eyes to the neighbouring cityscape outside. The vertical components play with light and provide a wayfaring sense of nostalgia and openness.
 
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Other design elements within the club can adapt to the rolling itinerary of themed nights, allowing adventurers to immerse themselves in an alternative voyage on each visit and create their own story within their minds. A trip to AHM allows visitors to escape reality and create a narrative that only they will experience. It is this that distinguishes it from the usual nightlife experience; it is not about being seen, it is about creating their own interpretation of their surroundings.
 
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Known for their ability to weave architectural tales, a circular focal point emulating the iconic rising sun or a full moon draws eyes to the outer cityscape.
 
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The DJ booth sits at the head of the club on a raised platform. A tropical paradise. Plants engulf the booths and complement the seating. Atmospheric lighting enhances the mood dependant on the night. 

In a long-term bid to metamorphose Beirut’s current nightlife set-up, RG/A explores authentic ways of telling a project’s story to bring in an experience that lasts forever. This project took 3 months from conception to completion!

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