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The landscape grid continues the architecture of the facade.

The landscape grid continues the architecture of the facade.

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Francis Offshore Landscapes achieves architectural continuity

Al Hamra Tower

Lebanon-headquartered Francis Landscapes Offshore is providing landscaping services for the Al Hamra Tower, adding another prestigious project to its portfolio of landmark developments undertaken in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Its scope of work includes landscape architecture and urban planning, says Frederic Francis, the company’s owner. Work is expected to be completed by March 2012.

While the landscaped area of the tower – 10,000 sq m – is relatively small space in comparison to its backdrop, it will create a powerful and impressive impact on the overall development, he says. “The landscape grid is a continuation of the architecture of the façade; a link, a single language that binds the vertical and horizontal planes in one entity, with a symbiosis being achieved through a minimalistic approach in a bid to create a pure continuous space,” explains Francis, a landscape architect who has won numerous competitions for projects in Lebanon and abroad, earning him a wide reputation.

Francis Landscapes provides full planning, design and supervision of architects in landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban design. The firm has extensive experience in all facets of design, demonstrating competency, regardless of the complexities posed by different climates, geographical locations, social environment and client expectations, with its overriding goal being to provide excellence and timeless design, he states.

The professional firm of landscape architects and planner was founded in 1987 and its work embodies a commitment to creative solutions that meld cultural desires, functional needs, combining the skills of landscape architecture, planning and urban design with related disciplines to create memorable environments. “The work is characterised by a philosophy of strong, simple design that responds in innovative ways to the cultural and environmental forces unique to each site. This design value is integrated with a clear understanding of costs, current construction techniques and scheduling, and guided by the client’s needs and goals,” says Francis.

The company’s projects are spread across the Middle East, Africa and Europe in numerous countries including Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Nigeria, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tajikistan, France, Belgium and England. They include a wide range of urban design, mountain and beach resorts, public parks, hotels, university campuses, sports clubs and office buildings as well as state-of-the-art residences, palaces and government buildings.

“From defining the programme to forming the space and exploring potential materials, Francis Landscapes employs a variety of design tools, from hand-drawing and model-making to computer graphics while the decision-making process reflects a continual exchange with clients, architects and consultants,” says Francis.

Among other projects the company is currently involved in is Skygate, a tranquil oasis set to cast its puritan lines, minimalist synchronicity and functionally aesthetic spaces, across the epicentre of inner city Beirut, he says. This project is set for completion by 2014.

The company, which employs 16 people, has had as an excellent year during 2011 and is now aiming to be a top firm in landscape architecture in the years to come.

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