Stone Garden Tower Expresses the Archaeological Language of Beirut

Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture
2019

Paris based firm Lina Gghotmeh — Architecture situates ‘Stone Garden’ Tower in the Port of Beirut as an expression of the current situation of the context.

Buried 7 times through the ages, Beirut is a permanent Archaeological site which tells the story of its many layers of history.

The fabric of the city currently reflects its recent history, while derelict buildings overgrown with wilderness juxtapose the red tiled roofs of traditional Mediterranean houses. the residential tower emerges above its surroundings as a sculpture at an urban scale.

The organic, textural earthen quality of the exterior finish together with the irregular organization of its apertures introduce a marriage of the ‘tower’ typology and the vernacular housing of the region.

Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture designed the tower as a memory of the city. its openings of various sizes offer multiple framings of the sea from the inside.

Inhabited by trees and gardens, windows invite nature to climb up to the sky over Beirut. their variety introduce unique qualities to each housing floor.

The project appears in the city as an earthly emergence, its skin fabricated by hand with a entirely custom materiality projected onto the body of the tower. the completion of the residential tower and art gallery is anticipated for 2019.


Project info:

Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Architect: Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture
Project Name: ‘Stone Garden’ Logements et Galerie
client: Fouad el-Khoury + RED development
Program: Art Gallery and Housing
Photography: Takuji Shimmura


About the Designer: Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture

Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture is determined for a fair and sustainable future. The practice draws an in-depthly historical and materially sensitive approach to Architecture. Each of the practice’s projects is the opportunity for a thorough historical research leading onto exquisite interventions that would transport one’s memories and senses.

Originally posted on www.designboom.com.

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