KARANTINA MARITIME SCHOOL
In a time of economic crisis, Karantina Maritime School is a project that takes advantage of the continuously growing port and creates work opportunities by providing new jobs. The location of the school on Beirut’s highway allows it to become an eye opener allowing people to see there is more to Karantina than what meets the eye. The site has three existing hangar structures that have been adapted and reused, inspiring the project and eventually become a huge outer shell that shield the interior additions. Across the highway, the project connects through the pedestrian bridge to Karantina’s neighbor, Mar Mikhayel, bringing the user in to explore the project. Additionally, through the observation tower, a direct visual connection with the port is created. The different layers of the project each encapsulate a different theme; work, interact, connect, entertain, learn, and observe.