Not so long ago, war raged in the very heart of Beirut. Razed to the ground in most parts, the downtown area has been reduced to a pile of rubble. Today the Kalashnikovs have quiet down and reconstruction is on the way. To recreate the luxuriance of the antique gardens of Berytus, which were considered as the treasure of the Roman Empire, the country authorities called upon Thierry HUAU, a French landscape designer. The latter will be in charge of bringing back to life the long gone plants which formerly floated in the Ottoman Kasbah and of restoring the shaded alleys described by Lamartine.
The floral palette of Thierry HUAU ten took on those memories and made them come to life with plants such as fragrant roses, hibiscus and frangipani… Thierry HUAU see his job as that of a conductor. As he is in charge of town landscape planning, he is consulted by all the architects who take part in this titanic project. He decides on the location of the future squares, gardens and even of the smallest shrub. Until the lines of the future downtown take clear shape, the inhabitants can rejoice in walking among the fresh smells of a forgotten past. All they have to do is visit the breeding-ground where all the trees are stored and which will soon make the heart of Beirut beat anew.
After four years in the Southern hemisphere, the young landscape designer realized that he had to further his training and study town planning. He registered at Saint-Denis University. After graduation, he created its own engineering and design department, INTERSCENE, in 1985. It now reaches fields and domains as various as large scale urban development and safeguard of our historical inheritance. From his intervention at Kyylos monastery in Cyprus to that in the domain of Pontchartrain – le Nôtre’s greatest endeavor – he was able to make landscapes which had passed away come back to life: hundred year old olive groves, spaces abounding in game, parks and gardens.