anthony saroufim proposes to transform beirut's egg into a camera obscura
anthony saroufim proposes to transform beirut's egg into a camera obscura
feb 16, 2016
anthony saroufim proposes to transform beirut's egg into a camera obscura


anthony saroufim proposes to transform beirut’s egg into a camera obscura
(above) the egg, one of beirut’s most famous historical sites
all images courtesy of anthony saroufim

 

 

 

anthony saroufim is a lebanese photographer interested in the relationship between architecture and photography. for his latest project he investigates one of beirut’s most famous historical sites, and how its skin shows the memory and scars of the lebanese civil war. the egg was built in 1965 in downtown beirut by architect joseph philippe karam as part of a large complex called the beirut city center. since its construction till today, the egg has had different uses: during the pre-war golden years it functioned as a theater, then during the fifteen year period of the civil war it was used as a bunker, and later on, since the post-war reconstruction period, the building became a monolith in the city.

anthony saroufim the egg camera obscura beirut designboom
interior view of the theatre 

 

 

 

as a witness of the city’s evolution, the egg was then transformed into an actor, constantly shifting roles and adapting to the changing theatrics of the city. taking this into consideration, anthony saroufim aims to transform the egg into a huge camera obscura. the bullet holes on the site are transformed into optical devices, where a magnifying lens is placed in the void. the uncalculated and unpredictable effect of the bullets on the building becomes the only visual contact with the other side.

anthony saroufim the egg camera obscura beirut designboom
the bullet holes on the site are transformed into optical devices where a magnifying lens is placed

 

 

 

the way the optical lenses were placed around the egg is related to the density of the damaged areas of the skin. the circulation, made of bridges and stairs, links the lenses together. since the placement of the lenses is related to the amount of destruction, the added exterior structure supports not only the lenses and the circulation system, but also the weak parts of the egg. thanks to this new system, the interior spaces of the site remain untouched and inaccessible to the visitors, representing the part of war that can’t be changed.

anthony saroufim the egg camera obscura beirut designboom
to be able to see what the theatre saw, the project interprets the egg as an optical device

anthony saroufim the egg camera obscura beirut designboom
the theater is transformed into a huge camera obscura 

anthony saroufim the egg camera obscura beirut designboom
the deployment of optical lenses around the egg is related to the density of the damaged areas of the skin 


the intervention takes place in the negative areas of the egg

anthony saroufim the egg camera obscura beirut designboom
lense mechanism when placed in front of the bullet holes on the skin

anthony saroufim the egg camera obscura beirut designboom
façade  

anthony saroufim the egg camera obscura beirut designboom
façade 2 shows how the density of the added structure translates into the density of the destruction 

anthony saroufim the egg camera obscura beirut designboom
detail

anthony saroufim the egg camera obscura beirut designboom
lens view towards the city

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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