WanderHome

Layal Merhi - WH Facade
Layal Merhi - WH section
Layal Merhi - WH Cross Section

The site is an island between two primary transportation routes, one the historic road to the syrian capital and the other the old route to the Airport. The project challenges these barriers and reconnects itself to the solem neighborhood of sector 27, while serving as an integral part along the passage from the waterfront to the Beirut forest, recreating the former demarcation line as a place of unity, peace, and longevity.

WanderHome places itself as a landmark in Beirut, using the tower element to signal its presence but also to provide homes to those in flux. Despite the sizable presence of this tower, the dominant part of the project is its smooth horizontal landscape, consisting of a strongly integrated park and supporting functions housed in celebratory spaces.

Beirut
2013

WanderHome is a transition from a war torn 1930s sector of Beirut to a revived urban center that reunites the people, typologies, and fabric of the city. It is a home to the wandered, the child, the adult, the senior citizen, even the stray cats that roam in search of greenery and shelter. The project intends to shed light on the disconnections created by the 15 year civil war and the permanent detachments induced by the rapidly growing infrastructure.

Layal Merhi - WH Plans
Layal Merhi - WH Plans
Layal Merhi - WH Render
Layal Merhi - WH Render
Layal Merhi - WH Analysis
Layal Merhi - WH Analysis