EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT FACILITY
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The project focuses on the educational sector in Beirut, where public schools face shortages of equipment, qualified staff, and adequate spaces to learn. Located in proximity to a cluster of public schools at the edge between Sioufi and Karm El Zeitoun, the project integrates sport ( swimming pool and courts) and educational facilities ( library, a tutoring centre and science laboratories); a main public square was also incorporated, benefitting the neighbourhood as a whole, while being safe for children to play in freely. Affordable residential buildings were designed to enclose this square from the surrounding roads. The project could also be understood as an extension of Karm El Zeitoun beyond its limits, where it would merge with Sioufi within the site, on urban and social levels, blurring the boundaries between the socially disparate areas.