Knowledge and innovation center (Tripoli, Lebanon) Competition entry For the International Architectural Design Project Competition
A project with Hicham Bou Akl, Rayyan Jreidini, Ines Lakrouf, Yammine Yammine In the context of Tripoli and its future densification, we consider that the vastness of the inherited void of the RKIF is as valuable as the architectural legacy of Oscar Niemeyer.
Our intervention inhabits the periphery of the site in order to preserve the predominance of the void, to maintain the ‘friche’ spirit of the site and perpetuate the integrity of the RKIF campus. It defines a new gate to the fair and its opportunities.
Along with the existing buildings in the KIC plot, the proposed structure forms a single entity that extends outwards. We envisage to maintain and nurture the wild garden as the main scenery of this part of the RKIF.
The new KIC building is designed as a continuous floor plate with an imperceptible slope of 0.5% allowing a smooth transition between the different parts of the program. The free plan allows for flexibility and progressive densification that suits the required phasing scenario.
The different working areas offer a dynamic rhythm to the circulations, common areas and interaction spaces, contributing to the development of an inclusive environment. The amenities of the projects are open to the city, offering a renewed dialogue with the existing fair.