Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp, Tripoli Building, Lebanon Development, Lebanese Architecture
Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp, Lebanon
Lebanese Building Reconstruction – design by United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA)
20 Jun 2013
Lebanese Refugee Camp
Architect: United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA)
Location: Tripoli, Lebanon
Reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp
Reconstructing a camp of 27,000 refugees which was 95% destroyed during the 2007 war involved a planning effort with the entire community, followed by a series of eight construction phases.
Limited land and the exigency of recreating physical and social fabrics were primary considerations. Established in 1948, the camp followed the extended-family pattern and building typology of the refugees’ villages.
In a layout where roads provided light and ventilation, the goal was to increase non-built areas from 11% to 35%. It was achieved by giving each building an independent structural system allowing for vertical expansion up to four floors on a reduced footprint.
Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp – Building Information
Location: Tripoli, Lebanon (West Asia)
Architect: United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA), Nahr el-Bared Reconstruction Commission for Civil Action and Studies (NBRC)
Client: United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA), Beirut, Lebanon
Site size: 190’000 m²
Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp images / information from Aga Khan Development Network
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