The Cube / Orange Architects

20:00 - 7 February, 2016
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© Matthijs van Roon

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Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

09:36 - 16 December, 2015

Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

CatalyticAction Designs Playgrounds for Refugee Children in Bar Elias, Lebanon

06:00 - 8 December, 2015
Courtesy of CatalyticAction
Courtesy of CatalyticAction

"Within humanitarian responses, programmatically, children often become invisible." (Marc Sommers)

The Syrian crisis has forced thousands of families to leave their homes in search of safe places to continue with their lives. Many families have moved to Lebanon, where the UN has raised a series of informal settlements. While effective in providing shelter, they don't provide specific solutions for children, many of whom have had their studies interrupted and don't have public spaces equipped to play sports and interact with other kids.

In response to this situation, the architects of CatalyticAction have designed and built a playground in one of the schools developed by The Kayany Foundation and American University of Beirut's Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service, involving children throughout the entire process and allowing the structure to be easily disassembled, transported and either reassembled or repurposed.

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PARALX Designs New Residential Tower in Beirut

06:00 - 7 December, 2015
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© PARALX

Lebanese architecture practice PARALX has won the AIA in Los Angeles' Merit Design Award for its T3 high-rise tower in Beirut. The tower is a part of a larger development scheme in the burgeoning Beirut Digital District (BDD) that will include 12 buildings and over 150,000 square meters of office spaces, apartments, hotels, shops, and entertainment facilities.

T3 will host cafes and restaurants on the ground level, with residential apartments located throughout the upper floors, all targeted towards the creative class that is moving into the area labeled as “Lebanon’s Silicon Valley.”

David Adjaye’s Aishti Foundation in Beirut Nears Completion

12:00 - 12 November, 2015
© Guillaume Ziccarelli
© Guillaume Ziccarelli

The David Adjaye-designed Aishti Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon is nearing completion. Located in central Beirut, the building replaces former warehouses, housing both an art gallery and retail space. This unique “juxtaposition of art and shopping” inspired Adjaye and Associates “to create a design for an entirely new typology that would integrate two, often conflicting, worlds,” write the architects in a press release.

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Open Call: A Museum in the Making_Architecture Competition

21:30 - 14 October, 2015

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) is planning to open a museum of modern and contemporary art in Beirut by 2020.

Call for Submissions: Modern Art Museum in Lebanon

11:00 - 10 October, 2015
Courtesy of The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL)
Courtesy of The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL)

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) has launched a competition for the design of a new modern and contemporary art museum in Beirut, Lebanon. Architects of Lebanese origins based in Lebanon or globally are invited to submit entries for the yet-to-be-named museum, which is set to open in 2020.

Archmarathon 2015 Beirut

02:30 - 17 September, 2015
Archmarathon 2015 Beirut
Archmarathon 2015 Beirut

Developed from an idea by Publicomm, ARCHMARATHON is an International Architecture event that brings together 42 Architecture Design Studios in a unique and unprecedented format. The first edition took place in November 2014 in Milan and was a great success with the public and highly appreciated by the participants. After the tremendous success of this first edition, the FEDERATION OF LEBANESE ENGINEERS and Publicomm organize a special edition focusing on architects originally from the Arab and Mediterranean Countries. As a result, there will be a special edition held in Beirut, Lebanon from the 8th to the 10th of October 2015.

Monocle 24's 'Section D' Discusses Design and Architecture from Lebanon to Istanbul

04:00 - 10 June, 2015

This edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, dives into Beirut Design Week exploring "what Lebanese designers can show the world." In this show Josh Fehnert examines why Domus have decided to start an academy in Milan, speaks to Dutch typographer Joep Pohlen about his ultimate type reference guide, and assesses some of the architectural similarities between Istanbul and London. While the likenesses are not immediately obvious, both cities are currently undergoing an unprecedented property boom. Istanbul, a city with no strategic masterplan, is growing fast and there are lessons to be learnt from London's comparatively porous urban realm.

CatalyticAction's Playground Puts Children at the Center of Relief Efforts for Syria

09:30 - 5 June, 2015
A drawing of the proposed playground. Image © CatalyticAction
A drawing of the proposed playground. Image © CatalyticAction

The international response to the Syrian War has often struggled to deal with the sheer scale of the disaster; huge numbers of refugees find it difficult even to source the barest essentials for life in the enormous refugee camps that have sprung up in Jordan, Lebanon, and elsewhere. Alongside the overwhelming need for basics, longer term care for displaced Syrian citizens is also proving difficult, but CatalyticAction, a not-for-profit design studio who are in their own words "a group of young graduates who believe that small changes can realize a big impact," believe that this long-term provision is equally important, especially for children.

Providing a sense of normal life for children in the refugee camps is absolutely essential to helping them, and their families, to recover and cope with life as refugees, which this why CatalyticAction have begun crowdfunding the construction of a playground - designed with the help of refugee children - in the Lebanese town of Bar Elias. The playground would allow children to learn through play, provide a sense of normality and, importantly, should create a space that they feel safe in.

A child poses with his plan for a safe playground. Image © CatalyticAction A drawing of the proposed playground. Image © CatalyticAction © CatalyticAction A diagram of the planning process for this project. Image © CatalyticAction +7

Zgharta House / platau

23:00 - 20 April, 2015
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© Ieva Saudargaite
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zgharta, Lebanon
  • Design Team

    Boulos Douaihy, Sandra Frem, Romeo Chahine
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Ieva Saudargaite

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Senteurs d’Orient Headquarters / Atelier130

01:00 - 20 February, 2015
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Nestlé Waters Beirut Headquarters / Bernard Mallat Architects + Walid Zeidan

01:00 - 16 February, 2015
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SOMA to Cantilever Luxury Residences Over Protected House in Beirut

00:00 - 9 December, 2014
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© SOMA

New York-based SOMA Architects has announced plans for an 11-story residential development in Beirut. Cantilevering over a protected 1920s house, “BOBO’s” steel exoskeleton and concrete core will support 13 new residences on top ground floor retail in the Lebanese capital’s Mar Mikhael district. 

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Amchit Residence / BLANKPAGE Architects

01:00 - 2 October, 2014
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N.B.K. Residence (2) / DW5 / Bernard Khoury

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Courtesy of DW5 / Bernard Khoury
Courtesy of DW5 / Bernard Khoury

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Tahan Villa / BLANKPAGE Architects

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
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Jiyeh Villa / Accent Design Group

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
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Courtesy of Accent Design Group

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