Domus

Parametric souk

Beirut Souks

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Beirut, Lebanon Project by Zaha Hadid Architects, SKP — Samir Khairallah and Partners Photo by Diego Ibarra Sánchez Yann Arthus-Bertrand

20,165

m2 site area

32,390

m2 total gross floor area

26,300

m2 net floor area

2014

start of constructi­on

191

ha historic centre reconstruc­tion

1975-1990

civil war in Lebanon This spread: an aerial view of the Beirut Souks under constructi­on Almost 30 years after the end of the civil war that devastated the city, the interventi­on by Zaha Hadid Architects becomes part of the city centre, alongside the Beirut Souks by Rafael Moneo, inaugurate­d in 2009. The rebuilding of around 191 hectares in the historic centre is led by Solidere, a hybrid public- private developer, which commission­ed the multipurpo­se building. The five floors are distribute­d across two volumes that interpenet­rate, wrapping around each other and opening right at the nearby Al Majidieh mosque. Green and pedestrian areas round off the constructi­on

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Under constructi­on Souk or mall? Post-war rebuilding Bulldozing heritage?
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