Adaptability of Mosques in Contemporary Beirut:
From Praying Space to Third Place

youssef itani

Neither the Hadith nor the Quran discuss a specific mold that shapes mosque architecture. Moreover, masjids have been increasingly including new functions due to rising land values, undermining the mosque experience. They ensure sustenance by depending on political parties which impose identifiable architectural styles of allegiance: this project, located at the tip of Sin el Fil as a gate to both Nabaa and Bourj Hammoud, aims to replace this  “show of presence for a [political party]”.Due to lack of public investment, the project acts as a ‘third place’ , offering workshops, libraries and green spaces, embracing diversity, encouraging self-development and interaction. Through multi-use spaces, the project dynamically adapts to secular and sacred programs, as needed throughout the week, and portrays a clearer understanding of socio-religious practices within the contemporary urban fabric of Beirut. Built in a neutral style, it adapts to function and context driven by society’s diverse needs.

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