LANDFORM house is characterized by its landscape strategy. Employing a formal vocabulary culled from the study of the region’s past indigenous civilizations, the residence recreates a complete ecosystem in order to introduce, protect and improve the proliferation of local wildlife by enhancing biodiversity in a dense desert city.
Green before their time, the Nabataeans perfected water collection & storage though the use of local materials in the deserts they inhabited, using the landscape as their fortress, cunningly working in and within the earth to create their camouflaged structures. LANDFORM draws its inspiration from the land-embedded Read more
The objective of theOtherDada (tOD), in this project, is to provide sustainable architectural solutions for the insulation of this family house, in particular from the harsh climate of Riyadh which is accentuated by the poor and unreliable infrastructure of the rapidly sprawling city.
The North, South and West walls of the house give directly to the street and are therefore generally blind with minimum openings. Conversely, a fully glazed interior front allows for maximum exploitation of daylight and the garden view while an Read more
In a city where the architectural reality is deeply rooted in privacy with residences completely encircled by 3 meter high walls, FENCE house attempts to pervert the traditional mould in Riyadh, KSA.
Our scheme is driven by the integration of the obligatory fence, the house + landscape into a unified system, blurring the boundaries between the three. This duality is nurtured by creating a complete biodiversity-enhancing ecosystem that connects the interior and its inhabitants to their site. FENCE house offers an alternative to the predominant sealed envelope scheme by reinterpreting the traditional Read more
We are pursuing the most stringent environmental certification, the Living Building Challenge, which goes beyond LEED certification to introduce the idea of Regenerative Buildings, buildings that give back to the environment and enhance Biodiversity.
Given Lebanon's geographic location and water scarcity potential, theOtherDada (tOD) is particularly emphasizing on the Water Petal, performing detailed calculations and researches related to hydrology with Dr Nadim Farajallah and waste water treatment for re-use to target the Net Zero Water and Ecological Water Flow imperatives. Because of anticipated warnings of Read more
A beach house with a minimal footprint designed to reduce its impact on the natural site and maximize the connection of indoor/outdoor space.
This was made possible by splitting the house in two and moving one half of it upwards to enhance views and free space underneath. A courtyard punctures the space and highlights the cantilevered upper floor, while the swimming pool is raised as well to avoid digging into the site, and is instead embedded in the roof of the Living area.
Le Yacht Club project is an exclusive venue on the new waterfront in Beirut designed by American architect Steven Holl. Dada & Associates conceived the interior architecture and the art collection was compiled and collected by theOtherDada [tOD].
tOD saw an opportunity to intervene differently in the space and initiated a strategy to coordinate and compile a site-specific and curated art collection; Read more
This masterplan project is at its core a collaborative project, and theOtherDada’s (tOD) role as Creative Consultant is the catalyst to its on-going development. After assessing the client brief which called for a Fashion City named Oriental Milan, tOD was able to modify the brief and set an initial strategy that called for the transformation of the masterplan into a deeply sustainable Design hub, at the core of which is a multi-disciplinary design school, supplemented with Fashion, Architecture, Art and Technology programs.
tOD then introduced a competition between two architectural firms, to come up Read more
The project consists of a raw concrete exoskeleton enveloping a column-free, open-plan office space, managerial section, a courtyard and cafeteria. The design takes into consideration the harsh desert conditions and responds accordingly with thick walls and inset windows depending on their orientation and raw concrete for durability.
Proposal to introduce Contemporary Public Art and Design works to the public areas of Downtown Beirut.
Among the many different works proposed, two were retained:
- 'The Visitor' by Belgian artist Arne Quinze, commissioned specifically for the site and that aims to counteract the monumentality and rigidity of the space with its tall, chaotic bright orange structure inspired by tree houses and shanty towns, like an alien spaceship that landed in Beirut Souks' orthogonal space. The Visitor Read more
La collection du Yacht Club de Beyrouth bouleverse les paradigmes by Nelida Nassar
Durant la phase de construction le Yacht Club connut également les fréquentes virées des artistes. Ceci résulta en un dialogue et un syncrétisme entre l’architecture du lieu, ses perspectives et enfilades et le placement in situ de la collection. La philosophie partie intégrante des trois collaborateurs, et leur modus operandi est la critique des pratiques institutionnalisées. Par leur travail, ils interrogent la manière avec laquelle les œuvres et leurs modes de représentation sont affectés et influencés par les récits réductionnistes et politisés. Ils épluchent et creusent les documents historiques dans le but de repositionner les œuvres dans le cadre plus dynamique de la production artistique contemporaine.
“I’m an architect who can’t draw very well,” Adib Dada confesses. “I prefer to use my hands to build physical models.” Dada funnelled his individualistic design process into his own architecture lab, theOtherDada, which prioritises sustainability – no mean feat, when it’s a practice that is very much in its nascent stages in Lebanon. While far more developed in Europe and America, sustainability is still something that Dada feels is a marketing tool or hip trend, functioning only at a very superficial level. “We focus on enhancing biodiversity and always put the user – humans, fauna and flora – first. We look into how their well-being can be positively affected by our project.” Along with a crack team of architects, artists, scientists, economists and botanists, Dada seeks to create ‘living buildings’, whether family homes in Riyadh or office spaces in Beirut, taking into account the most sustainable ways of working with energy, building materials, and water. “We aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats,” he says.
The Dadas - Nabil and his son Adib - have come up with a family business model that’s far from traditional. Practicing interior design and architecture out of the same office, professions as separate as they are entwined, Dada & Associates and theOtherDada operate in a way that is interdependent but independent.
“We also paid a much-deserved visit to theOtherDada of young talent Adib Dada […] a perfectionist of architectural design with several ongoing commissions in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. His approach to architecture takes in a number of scientific studies on urban biodiversity that focus on flora and fauna, smart mobility and smart energy.”
“Beirut just keeps getting better and better! Another highlight from our Beirut visit this week? Adib Dada, founder of theOtherDada architectural practice, gave us a tour of his wonderful studio and showed us some of the firm's architectural projects underway throughout the Middle East”
This guide tries hard to offer an original take on Beirut. Digging deep into its cultural and historical wealth, offering all sorts of thematic trails.
theOtherDada architecture firm founder ditches “greenwashing” for deep sustainability.
Solidere International Site Offices/Headquarters was published in artist/photographer Joe Kesrouani's book 'Monochromes' published in 2009