High-rise buildings have sometimes been out of favour in the popular imagination. They were accused of being ugly, of disfiguring the urban landscape… They were even pointed out, for breaking the social cohesion sometimes. Did you read High-Rise? The book by J.G. Ballard is a perfect illustration of that. The novel was published in the mid-70s. It was recently adapted for the cinema by director Ben Wheatley in a movie featuring Tom Hiddleston.
According to The Guardian, the film was very good. While writing specifically about the tower in the movie, the British daily stated:
“The building was conceived “as a crucible for change” (…) . In steady increments, civilization starts to break down. The lower-dwelling denizens of this stratified social microcosm, like poll tax rioters, start chafing at their lack of lift privileges, plundering their neighbors’ wine deliveries.”
The way the building is described in this film is a reminder of how much towers got rejected in the past.
But, what if tower blocks were in fact rejected just because they symbolize modernity? The reality is that a tower represents progress and concentrate a lot of positive aspects.
In the case of Sama Beirut, the promoters decided to build a tower instead of creating a multi-building compound that would reduce space in the already crowded city of Beirut.
The tower is an ultra modern building that smartly uses technologies that make it ecofriendly: its tri-sorting waste system, for example, is an extremely good example for other buildings in the region.
Its elevators are energy saving.
Its air-conditioning system consumes 57% less electricity than a VRV system.
The list of benefits for the environment goes on and on.
So, just like many Lebanese people proudly did, let’s welcome the arrival of such a tower in Beirut. It’s very good news for the city. It’s a sign of its modernity.
(Photo from High-Rise movie)