steven holl: beirut marina & town quay
 
steven holl: beirut marina & town quay steven holl: beirut marina & town quay
oct 02, 2010

steven holl: beirut marina & town quay

beirut marina & town quay by steven holl architects all images courtesy steven holl architects

located in the heart of downtown beirut, the site for the new beirut marina by steven holl architects extends the existing corniche along the seashore into a series of overlapping platforms. the corniche is inflated to create an ‘urban beach’, with levels subtly articulated to provide outdoor spaces with public areas for artwork. the concept takes its shape from strata and layers in forking vectors. like the ancient beach that was once the site, the planar lapping waves of the sea inspire striated spaces in horizontal layers, as distinct from vertical objects. the horizontal and the planar become a geometric force shaping the new harbor spaces. the form allows a striated organization of public and private spaces which includes apartments, yacht club, public facilities, harbormaster, restaurants, and specialty stores. the syncopated rhythm of platforms is achieved by constructing the overall curve of the corniche in 5 angles relating to 5 reflecting pools. due to variations in height along the corniche, the platform levels and pools vary slightly in height allowing quiet, gravity-fed fountains to connect each pool level.

 

project info:

beirut marina & town quay beirut, lebanon, 2002-march 2011 program: apartments, restaurants, outdoor public spaces with site specific art installations, specialty stores, harbormaster, yacht club, and public facilities client: solidere size: 220,000 sf status: construction phase

associate architects: nabil gholam architecture (associate design architect) architect: l.e.ft mohammed ziad jamaleddine, makram el-kadi, naji moujaes (project architect) steven holl architects: steven holl (design architect), tim bade (associate in charge, design phase) masao akiyoshi, edward lalonde, jongseo lee, brett snyder (project team)

  • this city is ruined!! and Solidere are the worth planer ever !!
    Beirut is ugly and discusting!! Full of towers and concrete!!
    DAMN ! where are the old small houses with gardens

    sami says:
  • This design for the marina in beirut looks extremely good. It seems to still be a work in progress but the end result will be great.

    Leah Boggins says:

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