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  • floor a boutique hotel in the majority of the building and a rooftop lounge Each programmatic element is conceived as an independent volume The hotel is constructed in concrete and glass and hovers over the restaurant which is constructed of a delicate glass curtain wall The result is a monolithic volume floating two stories above the ground A series of operable wooden screens give ultimate flexibility in privacy and shading

    Original URL path: http://soma.us/BOUTIQUE-HOTEL (2016-02-17)
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  • themselves from the backdrop while opening up to the dramatic views Our proposed project is a reaction to the rugged landscape and rocky site and to the dramatic contrast of the site in summer and winter In summer and fall the volumes stand in direct contrast to the vegetation around them like crystals protruding from the earth In winter however this contrast with the snow is more subtle until the

    Original URL path: http://soma.us/CHABROUX (2016-02-17)
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  • to create a fresh new architectural identity to correspond the Workshop Kitchen and Bar We treated the existing historical building with the utmost respect Our design approach was a simple insertion of poured in place cast concrete brutalist elements using an ecclesiastic design approach In the center aisle a 35 foot long communal table acts as a more public space while large monolithic concrete booths provide a more intimate dining

    Original URL path: http://soma.us/WORKSHOP (2016-02-17)
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  • in which to exhibit the products sold by the company Due to the shallow depth of the existing main space a conscious decision was made to envision the space as larger than its confines of the walls in order to visually appear larger as well as draw pedestrians into the store What started as a simple two dimensional system evolves into a sophisticated matrix that guides the design process throughout the space By envisioning the space as a solid mass we were able to carefully craft the negative usable space with incredible flexibility This mass was thought of as larger than its confines of the walls only to be sliced by a new glass storefront effectively engaging the fourth wall of the sidewalk By utilizing a parametric script this mass manifests itself as a series of uniform white 50cm x 50cm cubes which envelope and unify the space The result is a matrix of geometric elements carved and crafted to create a dynamic and inhabitable space in which users can interact not only with the light fixtures themselves but immerse themselves in the interaction of the light along the complex surfaces The basement provides a more intimate setting in which

    Original URL path: http://soma.us/UNILUX (2016-02-17)
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  • CALYPSO
    Year 2012 Type RESIDENTIAL Location LEBANON The project design takes advantage of it s unique site location The design takes inspiration from its surrounding rock formation and Mediterranean Sea edge The sculpted strands represent the unique living space and are formed with extreme precision to allow for maximum views and open terrace spaces for the living areas Project Name Calypso Designers SOMA Location Beirut Lebanon Date of Completion In Construction

    Original URL path: http://soma.us/CALYPSO (2016-02-17)
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  • SOMA ARCHITECTS PROJECT IN IRBIL IRAQ
    for a dynamic landscape within the park but also maximizing the natural light and ventilation into the park and underground retail center The landscape within this park is designed using a series of interchangeable modules which act as pools tree planters pavilions and grass panels These intensive operations resulted in a matrix that not only directed the physical implementation of each wing guided the carve out of their massing but

    Original URL path: http://soma.us/AURA (2016-02-17)
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  • WORK BY DATE BY TYPE BY LOCATION NEWS PRESS INFO CONTACT JOBS PROFILE TEAM MAYASEM MASTERPLAN Collapse Info Year 2013 Type MIXED USE Location SAUDI ARABIA

    Original URL path: http://soma.us/MAYASEM-MASTERPLAN (2016-02-17)
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  • like the natural solution to gently break down the site s slope into a series of volumes perfectly oriented to the key sea and river views without obstruction from other buildings Each branch allows direct street access both pedestrian and vehicular and soon individual volumes start to emerge following a rigorous strategy of sitting form and placement in relation to external context program requirements and maximized privacy What started as a simple two dimensional system evolves into a sophisticated matrix that guides the design process on every scale The result is a matrix of elements that are individually carved and crafted to maximize views daylight and ventilation for each and every element The multiple combinations and variations of three basic volumes results in equally unique and different residences Yet the association of these disparate elements and their multiple combinations maintains a unified and coherent ensemble to the whole development As opposed to multiple dwelling developments in the region our goal was to convey to our client and future buyers the true almost obsessive compulsive efforts that our team has invested in crafting individualized homes for each inhabitant Although we purposely tried to control the variations for the townhomes and chalets

    Original URL path: http://soma.us/NIKKI-BEACH (2016-02-17)
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