Four Seasons Hotel

Rooftop Pop-Up / 2016

Four Seasons Hotel

Project  Four Seasons Hotel Pop Up Lounge Bar
Architect  Rabih Geha Architects
Contractor  Four Seasons Hotel
Type  Lounge Bar
Location  Waterfront, Beirut, Lebanon
Area  400 sqm
Year  May 2016
Illustration  Rabih Geha Architects
Photo  Tony Elieh

The Pop-Up Lounge Bar at the rooftop of the Four Seasons Hotel is a project designed and delivered in 5 weeks. The efficiency and productivity of the team was at a peak to be able to complete such a challenge at an exceptional location in the heart of the city.

The challenge was to create a distinctive visual approach and a harmonious temporary space – aligning with the aesthetic identity of the Four Seasons Hotel – in the form of a Pop-Up Lounge Bar to be dismantled after five months.

The approach of Rabih Geha Architects is a straight forward one: inject a second skin into the site, which would envelop the lounge area independent of the pool, and create an ephemeral installation that would separate yet unify both spaces. This added layer stands in contrast to the existing tubular white structure of the rooftop. It imposes a visual graphic identity with its black square sectioned columns placed at a specific rhythm. The internal layer, being neither too high nor opaque, serves to open up the lines of visual communication, while still remaining ensconced within the space

The existing rooftop is enveloped by the mega-structure of the imposing Four Seasons Hotel and its 12-meter-high walls. Therefore, the designed installation pulls the space together and brings the Lounge Bar to a human scale, where the sense of comfort and belonging become key components. The new skin acts as a space generator composed of 80 columns from which all the other functions breed. The columns control the space circulation, blocking and freeing passages when needed. They generate the lighting of the space, specifically around the green walls. Those green jasmine plants allow for a visual communication to the pool area as well as a free flow of air circulation on hot summer nights. And finally, the imposing rhythm of these columns form the back bar. To add a sense of playfulness to a bold installation, the bar’s front elevation is cladded with lit patterned colorful ceramics that inject a mischievous composition.

The aim is to make visitors fall in love with the space where they have landed and the attitude of the Pop-Up Lounge Bar that has been envisioned as a perfect place to unwind.