The White Dot
Client: Nicolas El Khoury
Collaborator: Christina El Khoury
Location: Shaile, Lebanon
Size: 3000 m2
Status: Under Construction
Lead Architect: Alexandre ZEIN
Design Team: Joanna Haddad, Jad Bou Saba, Bilal Jakmour, Miriam Bou Khalil, Hisham Salameh, Lucciana Nasrallah, Namen Bassil, Christelle Jabbour
Nestled in the heart of Shaile, Kessrouan, the white dot building allows an eye catching symbiosis of a bio-facade technology with an elegant residential building that consists of three separate apartments per floor, promoting natural views, exposure, lighting, ventilation, as well as optimal integration in a swift urbanized village. The first characteristic of the project is to use energy as minimum as possible. The second one is to apply water efficiency, and the third is to produce a minimal amount of CO2 and CO to reduce air pollution. With solar cells implemented on the roof, the energy absorbed is used to light the lamps, outdoor lighting, warming rooms, warming water…etc. thus, there will be no emissions either air pollution or water pollution.
When a simple residential architecture deal with its recurring pollution problems, fitting perfectly in its green surroundings, it will required some kind of dressing of an active bio-façade using Microalgae as the main reactor that will feed on waste such as wastewater from the building and consume the carbon dioxide emitted by the boilers while generating oxygen; thus reducing its energy consumption below the threshold of 48 kWh/m2/year.
At a time when trees are being replaced with buildings, if this simple idea is applied to the rest of the future projects, the village will no longer risk contaminating the beautiful nature of Lebanon.