Zen Symmetry Garden
Beirut, Lebanon
The final layout of this minimalist garden, founded on linearity and symmetry, is a clear amalgam of simple forms, a soothing colour scheme, native plant material and a concern for ecological alternatives. Softscape and hardscape merge harmoniously, allowing for a soft and relaxing transition between the controlled environment of a residence and hectic urban life in a built-up neighbourhood. The construction methodology was challenging as the garden is totally built on the roof slab of the basement below. The main constraint was the limited load permitted on the concrete slabs. Green setbacks highlight the continuation of the urban grid and the garden shows how unused pockets of uncultivated urban land can be exploited.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Beirut, Lebanon
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Completed 2013
7,000 m²
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Zen Symmetry Garden
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Aga Khan Award for Architecture Nominee