Client | Civil Campaign to Preserve the Dalieh of Raouche

Project Team | Karine Fakhry, Diane Sawaya, Karl Chucri, Tracey Eid, Alexandra Khneisser

Collaboration | Yara Rahme, Studio Safar


order 144 - revisiting dalieh   |   competition  


120,000 m2

beirut - lebanon

In 1925, in Beirut, Order 144 defined the sea as in inalienable maritime public domain, and the right of everyone to access natural resources. Our project is about the right of everyone to access Dalieh. It is about emotions, about moments, about seamless interventions. Our project is about driving forces and dualities; urban vs. nature, edge vs. water, noise vs. sound, order vs. disorder, force vs. resistance, hidden vs. exposed, private vs. public vs. open. The overall plan is a journey through recreational activities such as sightseeing, gathering, strolling, biking, swimming, tanning, fishing, diving and kite flying

The proposed outdoor program revisits Dalieh through a series of interventions that intuitively follow the site qualities and its mutable geomorphology. As a strategy, respecting the existing site tectonics seemed absolute. It entails floating platforms, cantilevering over each other, sliding onto each other like the existing limestone layers that define the edge of the site, barely touching the ground. Our proposal has no walls, no boundaries, no restricted access.

Our sustainable approach is to recycle all in-situ materials, and to maintain a very reverential design scheme by using wood and rope, reminiscent of the fishermen’s lifestyle. We are replanting the site. We are reclaiming a green and densely planted edge to the city front. All our plants and trees require minimum water consumption and maintenance level. Rainwater collection, solar energy and low decibel wind turbines are among the ecological proposal.

The project is about reclaiming the site as an open-access shared domain by reintegrating the users and putting nature at the core of all interests. It is about reconciling the public with Beirut’s last bit of wild natural coastline.