I refuse to be labelled as an architect of the generation of war. I do not find interest in architecture as a war machine, nor in the war-torn building aesthetic,” says Lebanese architect Karim Nader.
He penned that in his 2020 monogram For a Novel Architecture, criticising the tendency to associate Beirut, which was at that time still reeling from the devastation of the Port of Beirut’s explosion that claimed hundreds of lives and billions in property damage, with ruins and abandoned architecture.
Karim chooses the optimistic approach. “Beirut should be architecturally represented as always alive, forward looking, because forward is the way of life.”
AT A GLANCE
Home: An apartment in Beirut, Lebanon
Size: 3,000 sq ft
Who lives here: A couple in their 30s
ID: Karim Nader Studio
This optimism is apparent in one of his recent residential projects, an apartment on the 20th floor of a residential tower that suffered damages from the explosion’s shockwaves.