Lara building occupies a 600m2 site at the heart of the Swaida city CBD close to the old city. The building features a popular market at the lower four levels the upper-level houses restaurants the flexible offices are on the top five levels while the basements contain parking and technical rooms.
Our design approach was targeting to evoke a sense of merging to context Using a dark palette of materials including basalt stone for cladding and roof tiling for the platform of the building while the tower was covered with reflected glazed facades. The front entrance was designed as an arcade providing a shaded zone. Other design elements like pergolas and green roofs are used intentionally emphasizing the traditional appearance of the building. The offices’ tower is placed at the central portion of the building providing private spaces for restaurants that would use them as outdoor terraces at both sides of the building.