Author ORCID Identifier

Fatima Ghosn - https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1420-0014

Ayman Afify - https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7371-3472

Hiba Mohsen - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0682-0785

Maged Youssef - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9923-6659


The metamorphosis philosophy is related to architecture, for instance this translation is showcased in the transformation of spaces in buildings that is either done by the destruction or modification of the architectural product. Unfortunately, many buildings, structures and spaces are left abandoned because of changing situations, war, or natural causes. These abandoned buildings can increase the crime rate and leave lands covered in leftover spaces which can have drastic consequences on the environment. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to propose a set of design approaches that can apply the philosophy of metamorphosis in the revival of abandoned buildings with the goal of discovering adaptive solutions for abandoned buildings through their transformation. Hence, to accomplish this aim, this paper will cover accordingly a literature review, desk research case studies and previous readings about the relation of metamorphosis to abandoned buildings. Through the analysis, the research will detect ways of applying space transformation to abandoned buildings and will test the role of metamorphosis in reviving a place. That being the case, the paper will highlight on the reuse of abandoned buildings in Mar Mikhael, Lebanon as a case study.


Abandoned Building, Metamorphosis, Adaptive Reuse, Transformation, Structure


Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Education | Engineering



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