Memories of Survival : National Archives Center

The National Archives Center is an adaptive reuse project that transforms an abandoned heritage building called "The Egg" or "The Dome" which used to be a cinema complex into an archives .The left icon is set to be a memory of survival for the lebanese people since the civil war that went on for more than 20 years . The project simply holds on to the past while looking into the future as a treasure for the people.
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Designer(s) : Ahmad EL Assaad

University : Beirut Arab University

Tutor(s) : Eslam Samahy

It is located in a critical area, Beirut Central District. The egg is surrounded by essential landmarks and high-density streets that occupy the luxurious Beirut part. The Ring Bridge cross sights the building and is visually sighted all the way coming forth it. The area is filled with governmental institutes, which foregrounds its history.

Memories are the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained, primarily through associative mechanisms. The Building represents the past, the war, and the unforgivable sequence of events.
The egg symbolises the power of the Lebanese people to sustain the war and survive through the pain and recollection of such crimes and destruction. The National Archives Center is the Record of the Lebanese surviving suffering. The Egg is the artefact, and the building is the set of memories.
The Building sustained the civil war with multiple changes after the “Taef” agreement. The Egg went through a series of concept ideas that reached an end, and the project stopped mid-construction due to land acquisition by different investors. Some speculate the future of the egg and the dome as a representation of people’s history and the suffering that happened in the civil war.
The elements of the building coexist to create this transparent entity that strives to connect the people to the past while looking into the future. The transparent material, channel glass, offers an ideal alternative to traditional flat architectural glass, creating virtually seamless glass walls of tremendous sizes and proportions while connecting the visitors to the egg while diving into the past.
It is located in a critical area, Beirut Central District. The egg is surrounded by essential landmarks and high-density streets that occupy the luxurious Beirut part. The Ring Bridge cross sights the building and is visually sighted all the way coming forth it. The area is filled with govern-mental institutes, which foregrounds its history.
Memories are the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained primarily through associative mechanisms. The Building represents the past, the war, and the unforgivable sequence of events.
The egg symbolises the power of the Lebanese people to sustain the war and survive through the pain and recollection of such crimes and destruction. The National Archives Center is the Record of the Lebanese surviving suffering. The Egg is the artefact, and the building is the set of memories.
The Building sustained the civil war with multiple changes after the “Taef” agreement. The Egg went through a series of concept ideas that reached an end, and the project stopped mid-construction due to land acquisition by different investors. Some speculate the future of the egg and the dome as a representation of people’s history and the suffering that happened in the civil war.
The elements of the building coexist to create this transparent entity that strives to connect the people to the past while looking into the future. The transparent material, channel glass, offers an ideal alternative to traditional flat architectural glass, creating virtually seamless glass walls of tremendous sizes and proportions while connecting the visitors to the egg while diving into the past.