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In 2020, a fire at the Port of Beirut ignited 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate causing a devastating explosion and shockwave to erupt through the city. A year prior to the catastrophe, Jennifer and Max were studying the river system and its urban context in Lebanon. It was through this experience and the personal connections made with LAU students that a foundation for the ExoPavilion was developed. Seeing first hand the resilience of the people who had emerged from the Lebanese Civil war and their reaction to the systems of government in place, the pavilion design sought to capture a strong exterior while providing a place of comfort and respite on the interior.  The exoskeleton, constructed of reclaimed lumber sourced from the explosion acknowledges the tragedy that occured while the smooth covered core provides a sense of safety and privacy to enjoy the public space and find inner peace.

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