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Rafael Moneo’s Beirut Souks Explored in Photographs by Bahaa Ghoussainy


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When Spanish architect Rafael Moneo gained the Pritzker Prize in 1996, the jury recognized his skill to peer structures as lasting constructed entities—their lives extending past architectural drawings—as integral to his good fortune. The South Souks, Moneo’s 2009 mission in Beirut, Lebanon, certainly responds to an extended historical past and anticipates a long-lasting long term. After the town’s historical souq (outside market) used to be destroyed right through the Lebanese Civil Conflict, developer Solidere started rebuilding the industrial space in 1991. As a part of the mission, Moneo designed an arcaded buying groceries district that follows the traditional Hellenistic grid and keeps unique boulevard names.

Images of Moneo’s development through Lebanese architectural photographer Bahaa Ghoussainy divulge each the ancient grounding of the gap and its transparent modernity. Mild-imbued pictures characteristic blurred guests as they transfer fluidly between outside and indoor industrial area, similar to they’d have within the unique souq. Others body Moneo’s development by contrast with its older setting; as his swish new facade breathes modernity into the historical quarter, its palette and scale however mimic and appreciate current constructions.

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Courtesy of: Bahaa Ghoussainy.

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