Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp, Lebanon Building

Lebanese Refugee Camp, Tripoli Building, Lebanon Development, Lebanese Architecture

Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp, Lebanon

Lebanese Building Reconstruction – design by United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA)

20 Jun 2013

Lebanese Refugee Camp

Architect: United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA)

Location: Tripoli, Lebanon

Reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp

Reconstructing a camp of 27,000 refugees which was 95% destroyed during the 2007 war involved a planning effort with the entire community, followed by a series of eight construction phases.

UNRWA Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp Lebanon Refugee Camp Lebanon
photos : Abdelnaser Ayi

Limited land and the exigency of recreating physical and social fabrics were primary considerations. Established in 1948, the camp followed the extended-family pattern and building typology of the refugees’ villages.

United Nations Relief & Works Agency Lebanon Refugee Camp UNRWA site in Lebanon
photos : Ismael Sheikh Hassan

In a layout where roads provided light and ventilation, the goal was to increase non-built areas from 11% to 35%. It was achieved by giving each building an independent structural system allowing for vertical expansion up to four floors on a reduced footprint.

Refugee Camp Tripoli Lebanon Tripoli Refugee Camp Lebanon United Nations Relief & Works Agency Refugee Camp Tripoli Lebanon
images from architect

Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp – Building Information

Location: Tripoli, Lebanon (West Asia)
Architect: United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA), Nahr el-Bared Reconstruction Commission for Civil Action and Studies (NBRC)
Client: United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA), Beirut, Lebanon
Completed: 2011
Design: 2008
Site size: 190’000 m²

Tripoli Refugee Camp images / information from Aga Khan Development Network

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