Proposal to introduce Contemporary Public Art and Design works to the public areas of Downtown Beirut.
Among the many different works proposed, two were retained:
- 'The Visitor' by Belgian artist Arne Quinze, commissioned specifically for the site and that aims to counteract the monumentality and rigidity of the space with its tall, chaotic bright orange structure inspired by tree houses and shanty towns, like an alien spaceship that landed in Beirut Souks' orthogonal space. The Visitor Read more
Oman’s natural and cultural landscapes are famous for their astonishing beauty, from dramatic high peaks and canyons, ancient oasis settlements with their traditional forts and houses, dense monsoon forests, barren gravel wildernesses, sand seas furrowed by high dunes, to coastal cliffs and fjords. To geologists they tell the story of millions of years of Oman’s history because, unlike temperate countries where rock formations are mostly covered by soil and vegetation, the geology of Oman is visible for all to see.
The aim for this mater plan is to create different micro-climates, extend the touristic season, and increase the site’s biodiversity.
Let's Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis is an exhibition addressing urgent issues around a changing climate, future ecological disaster, and what this means for our present moment. The exhibition, organized by Guangdong Times Museum & Sursock Museum was designed by tOD, who worked closely with the organizers, along with the artists to create a dynamic exhibition experience. tOD also supervised the installation of the exhibition taking into consideration the environmental footprint.
The tower is an edgeless form that bends to assume the most advantageous stance. On the ground level, it stretches towards both roads and expands to allow for maximum retail space, while announcing the main entrance lobby with a concave movement.
On the first few floors, the building contorts to orient the majority of its façade away from the neighboring structures.
Above the neighbors, it turns to find the most appealing views and orientations.
Throughout its vertical progress, the tower recedes further away, steadily losing mass as if dissolving into the other, resulting in an airy silhouette with a thoughtful moderate impact on both neighbor and passer-by at street level.
Home Of Innovation is a research center integrating sustainable interior design solutions in the choice of materials, products and systems. theOtherDada was assigned as the interior designer with a focus on bringing in sustainable materials and furniture to the project. The design offers a platform to showcase global innovation while identifying and developing new market opportunities and solutions. It responds to the challenges of rapid population growth and urbanization, natural resource demand, and housing affordability in KSA.
Home Of Innovation is a winner of the 2016 Green Home of the Year Award. "The Home of Innovation Demonstration House is the first single-family home in the Middle East to earn Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED for Homes International Pilot program."
TRKL Lab is an initiative to help promote and empower Lebanese designers and design, by providing them with the right tools, craftsmanship and community.
It consists of both, a workspace to gather people and help them develop ideas into concrete prototypes, as well as a fully integrated professional production facility to enable designers to expertly produce their designs, with the latest technologies and machinery. Read more
The project is an interior design make-over of an apartment in Gemmayzeh, Beirut, with a side garden and a terrace. The design strategy applied aims to transform the space into a Living apartment that embodies characteristics of biophilic design by which the natural features and processes are integrated in the design of the built space. Thus demystifying the notion of sustainability and its application in indoor spaces therefore communicating new systems to the public.
To materialize these aspects, several sustainable practices are adopted such as domestic water treatment plant, waste management system, recycling and composting, domestic solar water heater, and chilled-water air conditioning system. Read more
Beirut River Watershed Project is a holistic strategy for Beirut River and its watershed developed by theOtherDada and their partners LCEC and UNHabitat with the ultimate aim to Bring Beirut River Back to Life. The project’s aim is to enhance the urban corridor of Beirut River and revive the green and blue infrastructure delineating it.
In order to achieve this goal, we defined Read more
LANDFORM house is characterized by its landscape strategy. Employing a formal vocabulary culled from the study of the region’s past indigenous civilizations, the residence recreates a complete ecosystem in order to introduce, protect and improve the proliferation of local wildlife by enhancing biodiversity in a dense desert city.
Green before their time, the Nabataeans perfected water collection & storage though the use of local materials in the deserts they inhabited, using the landscape as their fortress, cunningly working in and within the earth to create their camouflaged structures. LANDFORM draws its inspiration from the land-embedded Read more
In a city where the architectural reality is deeply rooted in privacy with residences completely encircled by 3 meter high walls, FENCE house attempts to pervert the traditional mould in Riyadh, KSA.
Our scheme is driven by the integration of the obligatory fence, the house + landscape into a unified system, blurring the boundaries between the three. This duality is nurtured by creating a complete biodiversity-enhancing ecosystem that connects the interior and its inhabitants to their site. FENCE house offers an alternative to the predominant sealed envelope scheme by reinterpreting the traditional Read more
Not Just About Dalieh is our call to action.
Dalieh is a place of many layers that tie back to the network of the city: Archaeology, Fishing Port, Biodiversity, Accessible Space, Nature, Socio-cultural exchange spot. Read more
We are pursuing the most stringent environmental certification, the Living Building Challenge, which goes beyond LEED certification to introduce the idea of Regenerative Buildings, buildings that give back to the environment and enhance Biodiversity.
Given Lebanon's geographic location and water scarcity potential, theOtherDada (tOD) is particularly emphasizing on the Water Petal, performing detailed calculations and researches related to hydrology with Dr Nadim Farajallah and waste water treatment for re-use to target the Net Zero Water and Ecological Water Flow imperatives. Because of anticipated warnings of Read more
A beach house with a minimal footprint designed to reduce its impact on the natural site and maximize the connection of indoor/outdoor space.
This was made possible by splitting the house in two and moving one half of it upwards to enhance views and free space underneath. A courtyard punctures the space and highlights the cantilevered upper floor, while the swimming pool is raised as well to avoid digging into the site, and is instead embedded in the roof of the Living area.
The objective of theOtherDada (tOD), in this project, is to provide sustainable architectural solutions for the insulation of this family house, in particular from the harsh climate of Riyadh which is accentuated by the poor and unreliable infrastructure of the rapidly sprawling city.
The North, South and West walls of the house give directly to the street and are therefore generally blind with minimum openings. Conversely, a fully glazed interior front allows for maximum exploitation of daylight and the garden view while an Read more
This project is a residential compound containing five family villas, one reception villas (Majles) and mosque. The site is in Khobar which in brief has hot and humid summers, cold and dry winters. It is located on a plot facing the Persian Gulf Sea.
Our design approach of the project was to move from a reclaimed land to a multi-ecosystem habitat. The site is located on a reclaimed land, with a low ecological value and deprived habitat that used to be an ecologically rich and biodiverse mangrove forest.
Other than the absence of habitat, we were presented with 3 main environmental challenges: very high sun exposure on the southern and western side, Read more
Le Yacht Club project is an exclusive venue on the new waterfront in Beirut designed by American architect Steven Holl. Dada & Associates conceived the interior architecture and the art collection was compiled and collected by theOtherDada [tOD].
tOD saw an opportunity to intervene differently in the space and initiated a strategy to coordinate and compile a site-specific and curated art collection; Read more
This masterplan project is at its core a collaborative project, and theOtherDada’s (tOD) role as Creative Consultant is the catalyst to its on-going development. After assessing the client brief which called for a Fashion City named Oriental Milan, tOD was able to modify the brief and set an initial strategy that called for the transformation of the masterplan into a deeply sustainable Design hub, at the core of which is a multi-disciplinary design school, supplemented with Fashion, Architecture, Art and Technology programs.
tOD then introduced a competition between two architectural firms, to come up Read more
The project consists of a raw concrete exoskeleton enveloping a column-free, open-plan office space, managerial section, a courtyard and cafeteria. The design takes into consideration the harsh desert conditions and responds accordingly with thick walls and inset windows depending on their orientation and raw concrete for durability.
"In fact, many in the art and design community have been taking steps toward sustainability, like architect and designer Guillaume Credoz and his project Ghouyoum, which specializes in recycled material, and the architecture lab theOtherDada, which practices sustainability in designing new habitats".
"Un des principaux principes que Dada souhaite appliquer est celui des « rues bleue vertes », qui consistent dans la récupération des eaux pluviales et le filtrage eaux pluviales vs eaux usées, lequel suppose l’installation de canalisations qui couteraient moins cher qu’une usine de recyclage de l’eau. En parallèle, il préconise de planter des plantes sélectionnées, pour apurer l’eau et inspirées du platane, arbre local qui retient 50% de l’eau. A côté de ceci, des ponts piétons, des pistes cyclables sont envisagés pour résoudre les problèmes de mobilité".
"In the six years we've existed, this is the first year we've actually had clients actually coming to us because of the environmental aspect. For the last five years, we've had to fight to have those sustainability aspects introduced."
"The Home of Innovation Demonstration House is the first single-family home in the Middle East to earn Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED for Homes International Pilot program. It also is designed and built to achieve a net-zero energy balance".
“Lebanon has had a learning curve in social impact and philanthropy, perhaps unlike any other country in the region or even the world. Nexus Lebanon can and must build itself to become a serious authority on sustainable and pertinent social change in our country.”
“It became a no-man’s-land, no one had access to it anymore, no one felt like it belonged to them,” he explained. “Our theory is that ... it started deteriorating from then [on] because it became a dumping ground, because no one cared for it anymore.”
“We realized that people are very disconnected from the river, and if anything happens, it becomes a dump-fill that goes to the Mediterranean”, explained Adib Dada, founder of theOtherDada. “Our project aims to bring the river back to life through storm water management and flow restoration, community management, and collaborative partnerships.”
Deux ans de recherche et d'expérimentation ont constitué le point de départ d'une réflexion sur le devenir des régions de Bourj Hammoud, Nabaa et Badaoui. Des régions confrontées à un fleuve de détritus...
It's a stretch of Beirut seafront precious to both developers and the public, and now Dalieh’s rocky peninsula is at the heart of a battle between the two sides.
Nestled on a shoreline dominated by high-end resorts, for decades the rugged outcrop has been one of the few remaining stretches of Lebanese coast open to all.
Things, however, look set to change.
La collection privée d’art contemporain du Yacht Club de Beirut nous a été dévoilée lors de ce rendez-vous de l’Agenda Culturel le 21 mai. Notre visite dans cet espace exclusif du front de mer Beyrouthin a été guidée par Adib Dada, chef curateur de la collection et architecte intérieur de l’endroit, et Maria Geagea, consultante artistique du projet.
La collection du Yacht Club de Beyrouth bouleverse les paradigmes by Nelida Nassar
Durant la phase de construction le Yacht Club connut également les fréquentes virées des artistes. Ceci résulta en un dialogue et un syncrétisme entre l’architecture du lieu, ses perspectives et enfilades et le placement in situ de la collection. La philosophie partie intégrante des trois collaborateurs, et leur modus operandi est la critique des pratiques institutionnalisées. Par leur travail, ils interrogent la manière avec laquelle les œuvres et leurs modes de représentation sont affectés et influencés par les récits réductionnistes et politisés. Ils épluchent et creusent les documents historiques dans le but de repositionner les œuvres dans le cadre plus dynamique de la production artistique contemporaine.
“I’m an architect who can’t draw very well,” Adib Dada confesses. “I prefer to use my hands to build physical models.” Dada funnelled his individualistic design process into his own architecture lab, theOtherDada, which prioritises sustainability – no mean feat, when it’s a practice that is very much in its nascent stages in Lebanon. While far more developed in Europe and America, sustainability is still something that Dada feels is a marketing tool or hip trend, functioning only at a very superficial level. “We focus on enhancing biodiversity and always put the user – humans, fauna and flora – first. We look into how their well-being can be positively affected by our project.” Along with a crack team of architects, artists, scientists, economists and botanists, Dada seeks to create ‘living buildings’, whether family homes in Riyadh or office spaces in Beirut, taking into account the most sustainable ways of working with energy, building materials, and water. “We aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats,” he says.
The Dadas - Nabil and his son Adib - have come up with a family business model that’s far from traditional. Practicing interior design and architecture out of the same office, professions as separate as they are entwined, Dada & Associates and theOtherDada operate in a way that is interdependent but independent.
“We also paid a much-deserved visit to theOtherDada of young talent Adib Dada […] a perfectionist of architectural design with several ongoing commissions in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. His approach to architecture takes in a number of scientific studies on urban biodiversity that focus on flora and fauna, smart mobility and smart energy.”
“Beirut just keeps getting better and better! Another highlight from our Beirut visit this week? Adib Dada, founder of theOtherDada architectural practice, gave us a tour of his wonderful studio and showed us some of the firm's architectural projects underway throughout the Middle East”
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theOtherDada architecture firm founder ditches “greenwashing” for deep sustainability.
Solidere International Site Offices/Headquarters was published in artist/photographer Joe Kesrouani's book 'Monochromes' published in 2009