Najjar & Najjar Architects has developed three-legged structures to allow Beirut’s fishing community to reclaim sections of the coastline as well as generating electricity and food for residents.
The architects proposed installing the kinetic Iris structures along Beirut’s shoreline in 0rder to provide elevated shelters that also harness the movement of the waves to generate power.
Karim and Rames Najjar, founders of the studio say the structure would help locals retain public access to the seafront, which has been dominated by private development in recent years.
They said: “The principal aim of Iris is to reclaim accessibility to the sea. For centuries, the local population of Ain Mreisseh and Manara lived in tune with their costal environment, but over the past decade the shoreline has become a playground for high-end residential developments that aim to turn a maximum profit by selling off unobstructed views to the sea.”
Each elevated structure would function as a public sanctuary, allowing visitors to experience views of the ocean.
“The dweller can experience the place, the passage of time and its natural forces,” said the architects.
The name of the project, Iris, refers to the shape of the kinetic structures, designed to resemble eyelids. Each one will be connected by an antenna to a buoy floating in the ocean while propelling an electric generator that replays power to nearby homes.
The architects built a 1:5 model and tested it on the coastline in order to demonstrate the concept for the project, illustrated by realistic images.
Photography by Ieva Saudargaitė.