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The Haffar Hotel

A 4-star, 9-story hotel building located in the heart of the commercial district of Aleppo-Syria.  This hotel includes a shopping center at the ground level and a movie theater in the first two floors, with a car parking which occupies the two basements.

Due to the various functions in this hotel it was not possible to locate long shear walls for lateral forces resistance.  Thus relying only on the internal elevators as well as the panoramic elevators shafts together with a strong moment resisting frame system, the hotel was designed to resist the anticipated earthquake loads according to Syrian Regulations, with the use of major structural software packages interaction.

(construction to start in 2010).