Luckily for the owners, our engineers were able to bear the new structure on the existing building’s block walls. Once we knew that extraordinary construction means would not be required, we were able to focus our attention on the configuration of the new upstairs area, which contains an outdoor deck, a dining area, a commercial kitchen, bathrooms, a mezzanine, and a loading dock.
The dining area features an architect-drawn, translucent map of Tripoli laminated between two layers of glass. The map is located above the service counter and is visible as you walk up the stairs. The sun shines through the South-facing map throughout the day, covering visitors with the ever changing light of the Middle East.