Iris - a spatial ocean dynamo on Beirut’s coastline

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architecture
CompanyNajjar Studios
ArtistKarim Najjar
Design TeamKarim Najjar, Ahmad Nouraldeen, Carl Sader
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IRIS is an attempt at resisting the expropriation of Beirut’s open coastline returning the sea back to the fishermen and the local habitants of the Ras Beirut district. Through architecture, it materializes the threshold condition between two very distinct, yet concomitant entities: the dense city and the open sea. Waves transform the kinematic structure into an experience of place and to harvest energy for the fishermen community.