Elisa Lecaulle, Kendra Meyer, Alex Abajo
Urban Design and Landscape
The new Beirut’s port will be the new attractive and dynamic area of the city. It will welcome different districts with new functions responding to the needs… more
Cagil Yurdakul Toker
Currently, I am working as a senior lecturer in the Interior Design Department at Raffles College… more
First of all, congratulations on this project with a strong concept that focuses on the history of the port of Beirut. I think your project has great potential. Each of the buildings on your proposal is conceptually strong.
The strength of the project is using architectural interventions as a reminder of the past. As such, preserving the silo building as a monument representing the deceased and proposing a bridge to let visitors explore the explosion spot are great ideas.
Hence, this makes me wonder if you could guide visitors more with a walking path that would connect the buildings and support your narrative. Maybe, you can think about a connection (not only visual) between the gallery silo building and the bridge.
The main axis between the city and the sea is quite strong but lacks human interactions. I suggest you think about the scenario of the space in between the buildings. What is happening there? What would I find when I follow this path all the way? Why do I follow this path?
You can also try to implement your beautiful ideas to these parts for a great user experience.
Dear Cagil Yurdakul Toker,
Thank you for this feedback, it was really interesting to work on this competion.
Regards Elisa Lecaulle
The new Beirut’s port will be the new attractive and dynamic area of the city. It will welcome different districts with new functions responding to the needs of the population. These ones will be connected with the city. In addition, a memorial area will be created in the location of the ruins of the silo building visitors to to remember the disaster.
What was an industrial port before will welcome new functions like residential buildings, open air mall, administrative and cultural buildings. To maintain the industrial economic function of the port of Beirut, the container terminal, empty storage zone and the cargo zone have been rebuilt just as the passenger terminal area. They are all connected by a main road working like a spinal collar. perpendicularly to this road a huge opening between the building is creating a through-view towards the memorial and also a connection towards it through the green spaces.
The main district of the all project will be the memorial area with the silo which will be cleaned, secured and transformed into a memorial. this one will be surrounded by a gallery, a library and a bridge to reconnect the two parts of the coast separated by a hole during the explosion.
The monolith silo has been cleaned and we can find on the remaining walls the names of the deceased. The reflective floor acts as a mirror depending on the light and the moment of the day. Some wind chimes have been installed on the prints of the silo’s part that were destroyed by the explosion. It acts like a sound installation that will take advantage of the wind on the coast to produce some subtle and enveloping sounds.
The bridge is located where the explosion took place, to make a new relation between the land and the water, without forgetting what happened. Its circle shape was designed to remind in a spiritual way the accident. In the middle of the circle, visitors can see a sculpture related to the history of the place. Its design has two pieces, one of them tries to resemble the explosion and the other one wraps around it as a symbol of union for the city.
The library is separated in two parts, creating an opening to the silo memorial and the rest of the city. The building is made of different curved shapes, modules of different sizes and orientations depending on the floor, sometimes revealing parts of the silo memorial. Inside, an open reading area is located around a module that works like a spinal collar to distribute each floor.The library acts like a landmark on the new port, lighting during the night. During the day, it reveals the silo with transparency of the large opening combined with glass-tubes to remember the shapes of the silo.
A long rectangular gallery is also part of the memorial area. It has different orientations to various buildings such as the silot memorial or the library. People can have a look on the silo memorial while they learn about the tragic history of the port