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Project: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CENTER AND INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL
Architect: Paolo Cucchi

The complex blossoms and grows out of its prominent location, on the top of the hill, beautifully and discreetly. Wrapped by a light veil of greenery, the development, fully integrated with nature, offers from its elevated platform, an iconic view, legible from all points of the city. The plant-covered illegible metal grill, as vertical garden, surrounding the architectural proposal, offers a barrier against strong winds and scenographic vegetal skin, conscious of passing time: climbing vines, changing colors will arise the emotion of seasons. This membrane permits the separation of inner and outer environment but, in the same time, opening up to light and vibrations of leaves, plays a mimetic fusion with the context, a palpable livable synergy between built and nature. The design strives for a language of harmony between building and setting.

The architectural form adapts itself to the territory, amplifying with dynamic elasticity the shape of the area and the building mass rises as vibrant, open-air amphitheatre that enhances the attractiveness and liveliness of the centre. The project aims to capture, with the help of the natural setting and the unique topography, inspiring escape to an attractive, undisturbated terrain.

The residential and hotel blocks, separated but contiguous, in a gesture of vital continuity, run one after the other with the fluidity of their sleek curving forms. Although they remain autonomous, they break the idea of rigid sections, in the aspiration toward a vibrant architectural form. The units’ panoramic breath is emphasized by the large glazed ribbon-like sheet glass, exceptional moments of transparency, assuring rare bird-eye views of the spectacular, surrounding panorama and the biblical Mt. Ararat.

Residential and hotel amenities and facilities are interwoven into a cultivated garden. The roof areas of both buildings are habitable gardens filled with pools, cafes, public and private sundecks. A creative interplay of green opening and gaps allows living areas to become indoor/outdoor environments.


The development, oriented to the south, provides 136 residential units, of varying size of sophisticated contemporary design. The accommodations, ultimate pinnacle of the luxurious complex , offer indulgently sized bathrooms and rooms, balconies

The business center, core of the Omnipresence of the landscape is the aim of the exercise. The architectural vocabulary is linked to water and green, and carries an idea of luxury and preciousness. By car the guests arrive into an enclosure of modernity and nature: the feeling is to live the privilege of a splendid isolation, merged in the most sophisticated relaxation, few minutes from the city. People step into the foyer through canopies of greenery and current water or attend a congress in the shade of an exuberant, internal garden. Restaurants, bars and lounge are marked by a succession of indoor gardens and terraces.

Careful environmental analysis of climate conditions, winds and seismic stability has provided sustainability features, incorporated throughout the project as well as low-impact passive energy strategies. This architecture that imbues itself with the landscape, often dematerializing structure’s elements, through ambiguities of transparencies reflections, glass surfaces, inspires to the guests pervading sensations of calm and pleasure.

Water recycling is a major component in sustaining the development by providing gray water, an element used to water landscapes and non-edible functions. With the application of the concept of reuse & recycling, it’s possible to minimize the energy required for the functionality of the whole and allows a saving of energy consumption of about 40%.

The innovative facade and the internal energy allow for a better control of the temperature and building climate. Every units aim for maximum optimization of energy by the use of passive system using natural light and air force as natural source of energy, The existence of green creepers creates a visual illusion of the building's immersion into the nature. A projection from natural elements, which serves both functional and aesthetics of a design. Water recycling is another important component in sustaining the development by providing gray water, an element used to water landscapes and non-edible functions.