An outdated put up from 2011 has by some means re-emerged on-line the place the creator is claiming that “the beloved egg-shaped landmark on Martyr’s Sq. is scheduled to be demolished within the coming days”. For sure, The Egg or the Dome wasn’t demolished again then and there are nonetheless no official plans to demolish it anytime quickly. Nevertheless, “Solidere had plans since 2004 to demolish the construction immediately and when the best way the land was bought didn’t depart any actual risk for saving the construction, although Solidere nonetheless maintains the construction goes to be preserved”. [Government].
What’s the Egg?
The Egg was in-built 1966 by Lebanese architect Joseph Philip Karam. It was one a part of a modernist set of buildings, a kind of multi-user advanced together with an egg-spaced shell and two excessive towers with areas for leisure (shopping center, cinema) and workplaces. The egg-shaped cinema was designed to carry 1,000 seats and is 24 meters extensive and 11 meters excessive. Just one tower was completed but it surely was destroyed in the course of the Civil Struggle and the Egg was the one construction left standing there.
That is the way it was alleged to seem like:
And that’s one of many redevelopment proposals by Christian de Portzamparc:
Bernard Khoury was additionally commissioned to remodel the Egg however the mission obtained halted after ex-PM Rafic Hariri’s assassination.
The Egg’s architectural worth:
The architectural significance of the Egg continues to be contested as some take into account it as “an icon of avant-garde Lebanese modernism” whereas others don’t see any architectural worth in that constructing. Others argue that the war-scarred construction is a reminder of Beirut within the 1960s and holds an emotional worth.
Now I’m not an architect however I used to be by no means a fan of the Egg and was in favor demolishing it few years again, however given how the Lebanese authorities have been coping with outdated homes and Beirut’s outdated heritage, I feel the Egg must be preserved in a means or one other. Whether or not it’s built-in into a brand new mission or was a cultural heart, the controversy and the continued debates round it previously years are a transparent proof that it must be saved.
I extremely advocate you learn this piece on the Egg and watch the under documentary: