The “Shoreline Walk” is a sequence of connected spaces which form part of the reconstruction of Beirut’s city centre. The city suffered physically and emotionally during the 1975‒1991Civil War. Beirut was once known for its rocky shoreline cornice with its avenues of palms and cafés, but during the war a rubbish mountain grew from daily waste tipped into the sea. Areas have been both preserved and demolished by the new masterplan, whilst the remediated landfill is set to become a new district, projecting out into the sea. Rather than leave the old coastline land-locked and redundant, it was decided to create a pedestrian route that straddles the old and new city boundaries.
Shoreline Walk is a leisurely pedestrian promenade along the historic shoreline ‒ the boundary between the historic city and the new engineered landscape. Its detailing reflects the site’s history. In some areas, light-coloured paving and trees signify dry land, while open areas of dark granite and water features create the illusion that the sea has returned.
This new streetscape aims to restore the energy and vigour of the old corniche promenade. Its green infrastructure aims to re-establish east-west links and connect a series of new public squares and gardens for the enjoyment of the community.