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SOMA's ambitious Bobo project blends old with new

SOMA's ambitious Bobo project ...
SOMA expects to complete the project in early 2017 (Image: SOMA)
SOMA expects to complete the project in early 2017 (Image: SOMA)
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Photo of the house before work began (Photo: SOMA)
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Photo of the house before work began (Photo: SOMA)
Photo of the house before work began (Photo: SOMA)
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Photo of the house before work began (Photo: SOMA)
SOMA begins work on gutting the house (Photo: SOMA)
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SOMA begins work on gutting the house (Photo: SOMA)
SOMA begins work on gutting the house (Photo: SOMA)
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SOMA begins work on gutting the house (Photo: SOMA)
Photo showing the excavation process (Photo: SOMA)
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Photo showing the excavation process (Photo: SOMA)
Photo showing the excavation process (Photo: SOMA)
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Photo showing the excavation process (Photo: SOMA)
Photo showing the excavation process (Photo: SOMA)
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Photo showing the excavation process (Photo: SOMA)
The original house will now be home to an art gallery and high-end retail space (Photo: SOMA)
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The original house will now be home to an art gallery and high-end retail space (Photo: SOMA)
The 11-story building will include 13 new luxury residences (Photo: SOMA)
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The 11-story building will include 13 new luxury residences (Photo: SOMA)
The project is based in Mar Mikhaël, Beirut (Photo: SOMA)
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The project is based in Mar Mikhaël, Beirut (Photo: SOMA)
Bobo is supported by a steel exoskeleton, itself anchored by a concrete core (Photo: SOMA)
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Bobo is supported by a steel exoskeleton, itself anchored by a concrete core (Photo: SOMA)
The project is expected to be completed in early 2017 (Photo: SOMA)
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The project is expected to be completed in early 2017 (Photo: SOMA)
Bobo is supported by a steel exoskeleton, itself anchored by a concrete core (Photo: SOMA)
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Bobo is supported by a steel exoskeleton, itself anchored by a concrete core (Photo: SOMA)
The 11-story building will include 13 new luxury residences (Photo: SOMA)
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The 11-story building will include 13 new luxury residences (Photo: SOMA)
Originally designed back in 2010, the Bobo project looks, frankly, like one of those over-ambitious concepts that's destined to remain on the drawing board
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Originally designed back in 2010, the Bobo project looks, frankly, like one of those over-ambitious concepts that's destined to remain on the drawing board
SOMA expects to complete the project in early 2017 (Image: SOMA)
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SOMA expects to complete the project in early 2017 (Image: SOMA)
The design comprises a rising glass structure that will not come into contact with the original home at any point, (Image: SOMA)
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The design comprises a rising glass structure that will not come into contact with the original home at any point, (Image: SOMA)
Gizmag reached out to a SOMA rep and we were told that the Bobo project is expected to be completed in early 2017 (Image: SOMA)
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Gizmag reached out to a SOMA rep and we were told that the Bobo project is expected to be completed in early 2017 (Image: SOMA)
SOMA has already gutted the house and excavated to a depth of six floors to accommodate the necessary foundations (Image: SOMA)
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SOMA has already gutted the house and excavated to a depth of six floors to accommodate the necessary foundations (Image: SOMA)
Interior render of the luxury apartments (Image: SOMA)
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Interior render of the luxury apartments (Image: SOMA)
Interior render of the luxury apartments (Image: SOMA)
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Interior render of the luxury apartments (Image: SOMA)
Interior render of the luxury apartments (Image: SOMA)
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Interior render of the luxury apartments (Image: SOMA)
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You might think that anyone hoping to erect a large building in a spot currently occupied by a house with protected status would be out of luck. However, developers Zardman and New York's SOMA Architects recently started work on a project that proves otherwise. Bobo is a mixed-use residential building that will dramatically overhang the facade of a protected 1920's-era home in Mar Mikhaël, Beirut.

Originally designed back in 2010, the Bobo project looks, frankly, like one of those over-ambitious concepts that was destined to remain on the drawing board, and it is sure to polarize opinion. The 11-story building will include 13 new luxury residences, and work around the existing home. The interior of the house is already gutted, and the resulting space will be used as a high-end retail space and art gallery.

Photo showing the excavation process (Photo: SOMA)
Photo showing the excavation process (Photo: SOMA)

Bobo itself is largely glass, supported by a steel exoskeleton, and anchored by a concrete core. Obviously, the project poses a significant engineering challenge, and, as can be seen in the construction photos in the gallery, SOMA is required to excavate to a depth of six floors to accommodate the necessary foundations.

"The challenges that were presented to our design by the necessity of keeping the facade of the house in place created an opportunity in the end. Our design for Bobo blends the old with the new in a rapidly changing neighborhood," says Michel Abboud, founder of SOMA Architects. "We are thrilled with the outcome and happy to see foundation work there begin."

Gizmag reached out to a SOMA rep and we were told that the Bobo project is expected to be completed in early 2017.

Source: SOMA

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