2011 — 2020 Beirut, Lebanon

Stone Garden Housing - Beirut

Beirut’s contemporary cityscape is the product of the country’s geopolitical situation and tormented political tensions. Violence had always left its mark on the city’s buildings’ skins, hollowing these, and leaving nature to invade every left out concrete skeleton. In Beirut, you are invited to change your understanding of what a façade opening might mean. The boundary between an articulated window, the memory of a violent event is constantly blurred once strolling in the city. “Stone Garden” stands side by side juxtaposed with the few remaining traditional tiled-roof houses and the identical concrete masses rising in Beirut’s cityscape. The building dialogues with this strange melancholic euphoria that persists within both the built and natural landscape of this town.

The project materializes in a built form a spatial experience of a childhood lived amidst the Lebanese War. The tower emerges from the ground, as a built form of life and death, presence and absence, evanescence and timelessness, beauty and rawness… Located near the industrial port of Beirut, the project takes the site where the first concrete company- Darwish Haddad- in the Middle East was established, and where a notable Lebanese architect, Pierre El Khoury, had once had his office. His son, Fouad El Khoury, a photographer of renown inheriting the land, endeavors with his family in the development of this project on the ruins of an existing building. The project embodies this constant dialectic and emerges as a sculpted form drawn to the building regulation lines: It rises with as a labored earthly mass, skillfully chiseled by hand. Its façade hollowed with different sized windows. Beyond viewing frames, these openings are drawn as mass-subtractions to become enjoyable planted `balconies’, imbued with the energy of their making.

 Of various sizes, they invite nature to climb up to the skies of individualizing each housing floor at every level of this urban sculpture.

 Text by Lina Ghotmeh

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Project information

Status
Ongoing
Location
Beirut, Lebanon
Date
2011 — 2020
Area
6413 m²
Commission type
Private
Client
RED Property Development
Program
Housing, Art Gallery, Café / Mina Image Center

Project team

Architect (2016- en cours)
Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture
Execution Architect (2011-encours)
Batimat Architects, Beirut
Architect (2011-2015)
Lina Ghotmeh - during her partnership Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane
Structure
CODE Consultants & Designers, LB
Electro-Mechanical
AME Consultants, LB
Vertical Transportation
Habib Srour
Land Owners
Fouad El Khoury, Ilham El Khoury, Marwan El Khoury
Developer
RED Property Development, LB

Published in

Baumeister Feb 13 2021
Baumeister (DE)
Archistorm Jan 05 2021
Archistorm (FR)
Architektura Murator Dec 25 2020
Architektura Murator (PL)
Le Point Dec 23 2020
Le Point (FR)
ELLE Magazine Dec 04 2020
ELLE Magazine (FR)
Architectural Record Oct 01 2020
Architectural Record (US)
'A'A' Sep 11 2020
'A'A' (Fr)
'A'A' Jul 10 2020
'A'A' (Fr)
Le Monde d'Hermès Feb 24 2020
Le Monde d'Hermès (Fr)
Official Bespoke Feb 03 2020
Official Bespoke (En)
Longines Magazine Jan 06 2020
Longines Magazine (Ch)
IQD Sep 25 2019
IQD (It)
Kunst+Unterricht Jul 30 2019
Kunst+Unterricht (De)
5Façades Jan 01 2019
5Façades (Fr)
IDQ Mar 25 2018
IDQ (It)
Connaissance des Arts Mar 01 2018
Connaissance des Arts (Fr)
Archistorm Jul 11 2017
Archistorm (Fr)
Mark Oct 08 2015
Mark (Nl)
Archistorm Sep 15 2015
Archistorm (Fr)
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