tutor | sophie khayat
Following the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, the interior space took on added value as a space of expression, communication, and representation. Aware of the need for social, cultural and communal spaces, the students recovered the abandoned buildings in Beirut as their own sites, exploring the fragmented boundaries between the deserted urban setting and the more protected interior. Within this context, each student was encouraged to formulate a personal project that answers to certain essential questions, among others: How do we live together? How do we inhabit an interior and perform in it while dealing with our differences? And how do the various surfaces mediate these relations? As a result of these investigations, the projects explored the relationship between spatial settings and human interaction, providing a platform for dialogue, a sanctuary amidst the uprising, or a healing journey. While the architectural language in each project offers a distinct experience, it also highlights the impact of the architectural intervention on the existing conditions, and the role of light, material, color, texture and scale as powerful tools of design.