Architect: Nabil Gholam and Ricardo Bofill
Contractor: Arabian Construction Company
Concrete Waterproofing Provider: Kryton International
Beirut’s renaissance as a real-estate hotspot has driven property prices through the roof in the ‘Paris of the Middle East’. And Platinum Tower, the city’s tallest building and one of its most prestigious addresses, is emblematic of the newfound optimism which courses through the veins of the Lebanese capital. Located on the seafront in Beirut’s buzzing hotel district, the 153m-high residential block overlooks a host of landmarks including the Ralik Hariri memorial, St. Elias Cathedral, Corniche Beirut, All Saints Church, and Beirut International Exhibitions and Leisure Center.
Platinum Tower will one day be overshadowed — physically, at least — by the under-construction Sama Beirut tower in the Achrafieh district, which will take on the mantle of being Beirut’s tallest building once completed. Until then, Platinum Tower remains the most potent architectural symbol of Beirut’s bright future.