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Accent Design Group announced as winners of 2011 WAN AWARDS for the Unbuilt Category in the Residential Sector


After much deliberation of the shortlist, this year’s winner for the unbuilt category - by unanimous vote - was Beirut Observatory by Accent Design Group. A key reason why this scheme was nominated for the shortlist and finally selected the best unbuilt project was the complete opposition of form between the front and back facades. The intriguing design separating the levels, double height spaces in the middle of the tower and cantilevered balconies fascinated the judges. As Beirut is located on a mountain, the architects have specifically angled the building volume to face the most scenic view to the north and taken inspiration from the urban form of Beirut; and the WAN jury was impressed on both accounts.

This post is part of an article that was featured on World Architecture News’ website ( on February the 20th, 2012, written by Sruti Thakrar.
The project separates itself from the cliché of residential towers, avoiding the unnecessary display of architectural gymnastics. Bill Dunster exclaimed ‘quite impressive taste!’

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