Beirut is in need of additional public spaces, parks, public transport, infrastructure and the like. Yet despite what would seemingly bring any city to its knees, this one, while clearly chaotic is surprisingly resilient. It is an authentic mess that adapts and sometimes operates fairly well. We sought to learn from its unruly patterns. The city’s unexpected contradictions are the basis of the Cluster H project located in Hazmieh, a neighborhood at the edge of Beirut. The plan, learning from Beirut, attempts to materialize the paradox of ‘organized chaos’. A cluster of irregular polygons allows the building to adapt to the unusual lot form. The masses at the backyard turned out to be a very practical response to the constantly changing program of our clients and their tenants.
Bernard Mallat, Walid Zeidan, Mahmoud Charif, Tamer-Georges Musharbesh, Michel Semaan, Chadi Dagher, Louis El Khoury