In collaboration with Romy El Sayah Architect
WASTE OF SPACE IN A DENSE CITY
Beirut has faced an increase in its population over the last 30 years, reaching its peak over the last few years with the immigration of Syrian refugees who now form approximately one third of its population. This increase in density is heavily impacting Lebanon’s limited infrastructure, narrow streets, and open space. With this increase in density, the typical residential buildings of Beirut appear oversized. With the new trend of moving towards more efficient and effective management of spaces, the new approach is to reduce unused spaces, limiting residential apartments to necessary functions aligned with the extent of time spent in these apartments during the day. Not only space is largely unused, but spaces are also limited to single function instead of multiple functions for a more efficient use.
With increase in density in Beirut, traffic is a main issue that Lebanese face on a daily basis. Transportation time is doubled. One third of Lebanon’s inhabitants commute back and forth from the suburbs and mountains to the city for work purpose. This has led to even further increase in commuting time and environmental impact. With this in mind, our project investigates a new way of living, considering efficiency of the residential space.
THE POD FOR OUR DAILY NEEDS
Spread on the city’s white walls, the intervention acts as a seamless addition to the exiting buildings and act as a “temporary stop” for end-users. Our new individualistic lifestyle narrows down space to our basis needs. This new approach controlled by technology…….(re-read and reduce the whole text….people only read 3 to 4 lines max.)