Penthouses have long been the immediate denotation of wealth and luxury, but Le 13eme Roof Extension by Notan Office changes that conception. The newly built extension is just 250 square meters, so it's far from the roomy abode that one might expect out of a rooftop apartment. Nonetheless, the extension is designed to offer its occupants stunning views of the surrounding Beirut skyline.
Le 13eme Roof Extension is built primarily out of concrete, giving it an industrial, Brutalist look that fits with the other buildings in the core of downtown Beirut. The apartment is so small because of an architectural necessity. The rooftops of Beirut buildings hold water tanks for each of the individual apartments. Those tanks would typically cover the entire roof, so instead Le 13eme combines them into a single tank in the center of the living space.