The neighborhood of Bachoura sits in the heart of Beirut, beneath an overpass that connects the East and West ends of the city. Once an affluent area, the Christian quarter is now filled with deserted, crumbling buildings.

This project aims to re-activate this quarter by devising a modular structural system which could expand infinitely into, onto and around the derelict urban fabric. The initial manifestation of this system sits on a largely empty block of land which houses a roof-less Syriac church and a number of vacant apartment blocks.
A steel structure connects all these buildings together, and serves as a template on which to build new additions.

The proposed project is a trade school and cultural center. As the programmatic needs develop, the initial users can take the initiative to densify, expand, and modify the initial structure to appropriate the neighborhood as they see fit.
A site analysis showing the ratio of built vs un-built vs abandoned lots. The selected site is in the old Christian quarter, and has the largest concentration of derelict buildings.
Experiments in the expansion and diversity of the grid.
Study models, shadow studies, and programmatic diagram.
GF plan, first floor plan
second floor plan, third floor plan.
A comparison of three plans, showing the varied ways in which the the structure can be filled. The steel framework is the only constant. Partitions can be moved, added or removed to adapt to programmatic needs.
Detailed section(left) and plan (right).