Permeable Field of Education, Bourj Hammoud, Beirut, Lebanon

Rani Kamel
American University of Beirut
Name(s) of instructor(s): 
George Arbid
Brief About The Project: 


The site for this project is located in Beirut, within the dense Bourj Hammoud district. It focuses on the typology of the school and its relation with the surrounding environment. It aims at developing schools in a manner that is sustainable, multifunctional, and that integrates them within their surrounding community. It explores the impact of such buildings on communities, and presents different communal uses for school buildings that allow them to remain open at the end of the school day and at certain times of the year.

The project creates an area with cultural and recreational facilities that serves the needs of the community. The project also develops considerable transparency, porosity, and permeability between the school and the surrounding community. All this translates into a uniquely close bond between the city and the school building.

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