Sisters of Charity School for girls is located in the north of the country near Lebanon's second largest city, Tripoli. At the time, Ecochard
was in charge of several projects in the country. He undertook this assignment
at the beginning of the 1960s in collaboration with the Lebanese architect,
project includes an extensive programme consisting of two schools, one free and
one fee-paying, each with several classrooms and various sports facilities, as
well as a church.
of the plan revolves around worship, teaching, the boarding school, general
services, sport and the community. This approach is realised by an organisation
that places at the centre, between the orphanage and the fee-paying school, the
core of the project, which is composed of the community, the refectory, the
chapel and the sports field.
Characteristic of the ensemble
on this hilly is an urban façade dominated by the chapel. The topography moulds
a programme that begins with the free school including nursery, orphanage and
primary school, followed by the technical school, refectory and the community
functions and, finally, a third group housing the fee-paying boarding school
composed of primary, secondary and kindergarten classes. These buildings find
themselves, through the overlaps of their heights, interacting with the
contours of the land. This aspect is reinforced by a façade treatment that
accentuates the horizontal. The chapel is detached from the ensemble by its
height and by blind walls unlike the rest of the project elements.