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IRIS / Ocean Dynamo Beirut Coastline

IRIS – a spatial ocean dynamo on Beirut’s coastline

IRIS is an attempt at resisting the expropriation of Beirut’s open coastline returning the sea back to the fishermen and the local habitants of the Ras Beirut district. It materializes the threshold condition between two very distinct, yet concomitant entities: the dense city and the open sea.
Waves transform the kinematic structure into an experience of place and to harvest energy for the marginalized fishermen community. Dragged the buoy up and down, Iris folds with the rhythmic motion of the waves propelling an electric generator that transmits electricity homes of the community.

Client / Manufacturer

Najjar Najjar Architects

Najjar Najjar Architects
Beirut, Lebanon


Karim Najjar

Karim Najjar
Beirut, Lebanon