Icon of Beirut by Ziad El Khoury

Graduate architect Ziad El Khoury, who studied at the Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Lebanon, has sent us these images of his final student project called Icon of Beirut.

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The angular tower is composed of two main volumes and the lower floors extend across the site.

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It is a multifunctional public building, which contains internal green spaces. According to the designer, "it attempts to focus on the real identity of Beirut."

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Below is some text from Ziad El Khoury:

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Ziad El Khoury
My Final Project: Beirut Icon

Currently, towers are being created to mark the power of a firm or the wealth of a company or a man, and not to signal an urban event or the city in its real terms.

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The contemporary tower dominates the city, but does not reflect its identity or the identity of its citizens.

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This is the reason I am proposing the Icon of Beirut, which attempts to focus on the real identity of Beirut: cultural, commercial, religious, ecological and social.

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This project is not a monolithic mass, but the transposition of the urban model of Beirut into a vertical scheme. This means the squares, roads, gardens etc. are transposed in a way which assures a horizontal and vertical continuity throughout the tower, and assures a relationship between open and closed, and public and private spaces.

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The project concentrates the essentials of the public life of the citizens of Beirut, thus creating a multifunctional complex in its urban environment.

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Above: ground floor

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Above: fifth floor

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