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Barely in her forties, Lina Ghotmeh is already making a mark on the world of architecture. In 2020, Stone Garden, a 13-storey residential tower she designed in a partnership between Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane and Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture in her hometown of Beirut, was being completed when an explosion rocked the city’s port. Constructed with a 35-centimetre-thick envelope and deep-set windows, the building stood firm. It also telegraphs the Paris-based architect’s embrace of the theme of future archaeology and her understanding of cities as multi-layered timelines. Today, with plant fronds dripping from its facade, the project reflects Ghotmeh’s desire for “a city that is more close, more humane, more natural, more sensitive, more...

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