A new roof for the ancient souk of Homs

A delicately arched roof of meshed metal, designed and built under challenging conditions to provide shelter for a historic and still much-used stone marketplace in Syria, whose original roof was destroyed during conflict.

Negotiating mortar shells, lack of equipment and uncertain finances, architect Ghassan Jansiz and his team of thirty young engineers worked from a single hotel bedroom, managing the design and construction of the project in shifts to create a thoughtful and powerful symbol of endurance and optimism.

Beazley Designs of the Year 2019

Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by design experts from around the world.

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Q&A with Ghassan Jansiz

To mark this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year, the Design Museum caught up with architecture nominee, Ghassan Jansiz, about the inspiration behind his project, "Roof for the Old City of Homs Souk, Syria".