STUDIO EM04

ANNETTE ERLENWEIN

THE STABLE, THE EPHEMERAL

3 Year Design Studio 2011/12,

Lebanese American University,  Beirut

Tutelage: Annette Erlenwein

 

 

THE STABLE AND THE EPHEMERAL,

BUILDING AT THE BYBLOS COASTLINE

 

Architecture is the material dimension of a boundary system; it mediates between the inside and outside spaces. Space could be understood as a fluid and adaptive body which constantly has to be readjusted and renegotiated with regard to environmental conditions. Thus, architecture becomes a tool for direct environmental negotiation, a tool which includes both changing conditions over time as well as chameleon aspects.

The concept of architecture, as embedded in an environmental supra–system, addresses modes of mutation and adaption on different levels.

Interior spaces reflect the exterior conditions; equally the exterior appearance is shaped by the disposition of the interior. It also includes an inscribed rhythm of change.

OBJECTIVE:

Architecture, understood as a tool of adaption and negotiation, outlines this unit's

program.

The objective is to develop an individually design method for a proposed Visitor and Information Center focusing on Mediterranean environmental issues (comprising of research laboratories, exhibition spaces, commercial space) on the Byblos coast as a constituent to the planned Byblos marine reserve.

The coastline of Lebanon, as well as other neighboring countries on the Mediterranean, is rich in ancient history and legend. Yet, these days the landscape is threatened by unsolved problems of waste management, private housing development and current agricultural practices. Furthermore, global warming is causing the sea level to rise.

This course requires students to develop architecture which reflects cultural, political and environmental conditions; regionally as well as in the Mediterranean as a whole.

A preliminary three week project takes up the challenge of defining spatial scenarios that provide an immediate awareness and reflect conditions at the boundary between the sea and the land, the liquid and the solid landscape, as well as the interface between the landscape and the urban fabric.

The conceptual ideas and strategies developed through this experimental work will then be applied to the large scale scenario for the semester project through research, applying practical parameters and assessing the situation on site.

The requirements for a spatial program for the Visitor and Information Center will be given to the students as a brief.