Sea Around

Bespoke - - WHOA! -

Le­banese ar­chi­tec­ture firm Na­j­jar & Na­j­jar came up with the ideafor their IRIS pods (as seen above) as a way to re­claim Beirut’s coast­line from an ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of sea­side skyscrapers. “Th­ese tall and mas­sive vol­umes com­pletely dis­re­gard their sur­round­ings by turn­ing their backs to the city and the long-stand­ing homes of the lo­cal peo­ple,” af­firm Karim and Rames Na­j­jar. IRIS’ large eye-shaped struc­ture­sare built from durable metal and wood and al­low peo­ple to sit and en­joy un­ob­structed views of the Mediter­ranean, while a se­ries of float­ing buoys at­tached to each unit har­vest en­ergy from the mo­tion of the sea and trans­mit this in the form of elec­tric­ity to the sur­round­ing area. Ac­cord­ing to the ar­chi­tects, “IRIS is an at­tempt at re­sist­ing the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of Beirut’s open coast­line and re­turn­ing the sea back to the fish­er­men and the lo­cal habi­tants of the Ras Beirut district. Through ar­chi­tec­ture, it ma­te­ri­alises 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 help har­vest en­ergy for the fish­er­men com­mu­nity.”

En­ergy-har­vest­ing IRIS pods will make ac­cess to the sea a fun­da­men­tal hu­man right for all Beirutis

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