BENGHAZI, LIBYA, 2013
Nestled within a prominent locale at the heart of Benghazi, Libya, the Hayat Mall emerged as a beacon of commercial vitality and community-centric design. The project, which commenced in the year 2007, boasted an enviable position at the epicenter of the bustling city, making it an unparalleled destination for residents and visitors alike.
The culmination of meticulous planning and architectural ingenuity, the Hayat Mall was primed to transform the commercial landscape of Benghazi. However, unforeseen circumstances and the winds of change delayed its grand unveiling. Despite the design being finalized in 2008, it wasn't until 2013, in the aftermath of the transformative revolution in Libya, that the doors of the mall swung open, marking a significant milestone for the city.
The expansive building itself stood as a testament to thoughtful spatial organization, with five sprawling commercial floors interspersed with two separate residential floors. These residential levels, distinct and accessible via separate entrances, offered a tranquil retreat from the lively retail spaces below. Each floor in the mall possessed its own distinct character and purpose, catering to the diverse needs and desires of its patrons.
The basement is designed as an expansive open supermarket. The subsequent three levels unfurled as a captivating tapestry of diverse shops, providing a cornucopia of retail offerings to satisfy even the most discerning tastes. Amidst this retail symphony, the fourth floor emerged as a vibrant food court, tantalizing the senses with an array of delectable culinary delights, inviting visitors to embark on a gastronomic journey.
Rising above the retail realms, the final two stories showcased a collection of 12 luxury apartments, each boasting panoramic vistas that overlooked the serene expanse of the Lake of Benghazi. These residential retreats, meticulously designed to offer comfort and style, epitomized the seamless integration of commercial and residential elements within the mall's dynamic framework. From their privileged vantage points, residents could bask in the natural beauty of their surroundings, providing a respite from the bustling energy of the city below.
Area: 10960 m² (117972 ft²)
Type of Work: Teamwork with the Engineering Design Group.
Lasafer's part: Designing the circulation, the apartments, and the elevations.