1990 - 2000
1990 – 2000
Peace is here.
Nonetheless, the historical center of Beirut is shattered.
Its southern suburb and numerous villages are wrecked and have been deserted.
A separation line, shaped by total destruction, scars Beirut in two between East and West.
This is the Demarcation Line, also called the GreenLine, as green as the trees and plants that are sprinkled amid the ruins.
The Line commences in the downtown area, in the North,and reaches Chiah, in the South.
AAA soon reforms along newcomers André Trad and Lahoud Abou Serhal, who, among others, joined Jacques, Jean-Pierre and Georges. In these early days, the Atelier settles down, though temporarily only, in its old location in the newly restored Abdel Wahab El-Inglizi area. AAA however soon moves once again, to the eighth floor of the Sarraf building, next to the Gabriel Hotel.
This location will prove again to be only provisional; definite offices are to be situated on the site of the Saint-Coeurs Sisters’ Congregation where construction remains uncertain.
In those days, the Atelier took a noteworthy part in the reconstruction of downtown Beirut, contributing to studies for the redevelopment of the Demarcation Line along with IAURIF, a French urban planning agency.
The Atelier was also responsible for the rehabilitation of the French Consulate, the Poste d’Expansion Économique as well as the Institut Archéologique Français.
As exemplified by such works and several others, the Atelier has been significantly engaged on the wider post-conflict development of the country.
Alternatively, AAA also resumed work on the development project of the Jounieh bay that had began as early as in 1965 but which had never been truly implemented. Having previously preserved Mina El-Jadida, the
Atelier put together a seafront development plan that included a pedestrian promenade alongside the bay as well as facilities dedicated to leisure and local/international tourism.
Works for private and collective housing projects were undertaken such as the “Jardins de Tabaris”.
Some significant projects also pertained to the hotel and tourism industries, such as the Albergo and Port d’Amour, while others consisted of hospitals, schools and sport facilities, such as the Jamhour sports project.
No matter how diverse these projects may be, some fundamental principles have remained unchanged, throughout the years, AAA has vowed to express both the utmost respect for the surrounding environment,
whether natural or built, and the preservation and promotion of heritage.
Such pledges are common to all of the Atelier’s architectural and planning works, as well as to projects destined to either private or public usage.
Such principles undoubtedly rest at the core of AAA’s distinctive character.