Hotel District: Re-imagined
The Beirut Waterfront
The Beirut Waterfront is considered to be a marvel of the Levantine maritime harbors. It witnessed the golden age of Beirut in the late 60’s, and post war reconstruction has re-established it as one of the most pristine locations in the city. Located in the previous "hotel district" of Beirut, where the elite used to come and enjoy views of the Mediterranean sea, this district ceases to exist in its entirety and has become a mere memory in the older generation's stories and recollections of the area. This urban scale project aims at re-injecting a local character into this now stagnant area of the city, giving it its missing "Beiruti" character. The district, due to its central location, creates a focal point for the city. A type of congregation grounds that can cater to the different needs of locals and visitors. Due to the city's lack of communal open spaces and programs which are accessible to different classes of citizens, this area is transformed into a melting pot. A series of hotels, commercial spaces, and much needed open green spaces are intertwined in order to return the waterfront to its previous glory. This creates a new entertainment district with various degrees of publicness, even containing zones which are appropriated by the public itself.