Aley: a shared memory and a livable space municipal building

jana al-fakih

The urban fabric of the area is broken by the contrast between the linear commercial activity of the Souk of Aley classified as an old market, and the radial high car activity in front of the Serail – isolated and boarded by a massive wall. The project aims to reconnect the Serail with its surrounding and create public platforms physically through the voids and functionally through the program including: Municipality, Post Office, Personal Status and Urban Planning Departments, Cultural amenities, and parking spaces. The project intends to express power without imposing a dominant structure over the souk; as such, elements and instances of the old souk fabric are re-interpreted in the elevations creating harmony and coherence, and the use of stone and implementation of blind walls expresses firmness and authority.

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