Gustafson Porter + Bowman

Gustafson Porter + Bowman

London, GB


Garden of Forgiveness

The winning entry for an international design competition supporting Beirut’s re-emergence from the 1975‒1990 Civil War, Garden of Forgiveness is a symbol of unity and hope. Following in the tradition of the ‘paradise garden’, its calm, uplifting design creates a place for solitary reflection and togetherness, a symbolic focal point for change and healing.

Garden of Forgiveness responds to its context by integrating the archaeological heritage of a city which has been destroyed and rebuilt many times in its 5,000-year history. Neighbouring mosques and churches provide a visual backdrop for this new meeting place for divided communities.

Garden of Forgiveness makes scaled references to Lebanon’s wider landscape and cultural heritage, bringing together its rich flora and natural features into a contemporary, multi-use landscape animated by a cultural programme.

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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Beirut, LB
Firm Role: Landscape Architect
Additional Credits: Engineer: ARUP
Local Architect: Imad Gemayel Architects
Local Engineer: Dar Al-Handasah Engineers
Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon
Consultants: (Archaeology consultancy) ARUP, (Historic Lebanon archaeology and architectural coordination) Yaser Abun-Nasr