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Spurred by Privatization, Beirut's Working Class is Colonizing the City's Periphery

09:30 - 31 May, 2017
Spurred by Privatization, Beirut's Working Class is Colonizing the City's Periphery, © Manuel Alvarez Diestro
© Manuel Alvarez Diestro

27 years after the Lebanese Civil War (1975 – 1990), Beirut finds itself a city of conflicting personalities. A summer night stroll through the recently completed Zaitunay Bay Marina flaunts the capital’s ongoing facelift. What GQ calls “the chosen destination for young rich cool kids across the globe” is now peppered with glitzy glass-clad high rises, world-class nightclubs, droves of foreign tourists, and high-profile architecture. A Steven Holl-designed yacht club is just minutes away from Herzog & de Meuron’s Beirut Terraces, a luxury condominium skyscraper overlooking a seaside promenade that the resort refers to as an “urban beach.” However, this inner-city development has also had extreme consequences on the city's periphery, as shown clearly in this photoset by Manuel Alvarez Diestro.

© Manuel Alvarez Diestro © Manuel Alvarez Diestro © Manuel Alvarez Diestro © Manuel Alvarez Diestro + 13

Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron

03:00 - 24 May, 2017
Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan            © Iwan Baan            © Iwan Baan            © Iwan Baan            + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beirut, Lebanon
  • Design Consultants

    Herzog & de Meuron
  • Executive Architect

    Khatib & Alami
  • Project Year

    2009

Adjaye Associate's Aishti Foundation Photographed by Julien Lanoo

14:00 - 27 April, 2017
Adjaye Associate's Aishti Foundation Photographed by Julien Lanoo, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

In this series, photographer Julien Lanoo turns his camera toward Adjaye Associates' Aishti Foundation in Beirut, a shopping center and museum showcasing the private contemporary art collection of Tony Salamé, the founder of Lebanese luxury retailer Aishti. 

Located on a coastal brownfield site in central Beirut, the building integrates the two distinct programs by establishing what the architects call a "celebration of views into the spaces as well as a homogenising tiled design that presents a language throughout the building’s floor, façade and roof." Interior spaces are organized around a reflective central atrium, while an undulating landscape along the water reclaims seaside public space, and opens up views over the city of Beirut.

Check out the full photoset, below.

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 19

Built by Associative Data Draws Inspiration from Jackson Pollock

08:00 - 13 February, 2017
Built by Associative Data Draws Inspiration from Jackson Pollock, Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data
Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data

BAD. Built by Associative Data, in collaboration with MARZ Studio, has released the plans for its newest project, No. 5, a mixed-use space in the heart of Jonah in Beirut City, Lebanon. Designed with parametric studies in mind, the project takes into account view orientations, solar radiation, wind infiltration, and program through its various levels of massing.

Sited next to the prominent Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium on one of the busiest corners in the area, the building is “very present and visible from the street level, hence the proposal’s pixelated massing.”

Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data + 10

Morphosis Architects' U.S. Embassy in Beirut Gets 2023 Completion Date

14:20 - 24 January, 2017
Morphosis Architects' U.S. Embassy in Beirut Gets 2023 Completion Date, View of Beirut overlooking Bernard Khoury Architects'  B 018 . Image © Bernard Khoury Architects
View of Beirut overlooking Bernard Khoury Architects' B 018 . Image © Bernard Khoury Architects

The U.S. State Department is moving forward with plans for a new Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. After awarding the commission to California architects Morphosis in 2013, the government has now granted the construction contract to to B.L. Harbert of Birmingham, Alabama, willing allow the project to get underway.

Built by Associative Data Releases Plans for Mixed-Use Gastronomic Development

14:00 - 31 December, 2016
Built by Associative Data Releases Plans for Mixed-Use Gastronomic Development, Courtesy of BAD.Built by Associative Data
Courtesy of BAD.Built by Associative Data

BAD.Built by Associative Data has released its designs for BARCELONA, a new mixed-use development on the Mediterranean coast of Beirut, Lebanon at the Ramlet El Bayda waterfront.

Spanning 18,000 square meters, the project will serve as “a new gastronomic experience, embracing the Mediterranean from a remarkable vantage point,” through a clustered development featuring restaurants, coffee shops, lounges, and event spaces.

Courtesy of BAD.Built by Associative Data Courtesy of BAD.Built by Associative Data Courtesy of BAD.Built by Associative Data Courtesy of BAD.Built by Associative Data + 18

Nabil Gholam Wins 2016 World Architecture Festival with Bank Headquarters

08:00 - 4 December, 2016
Nabil Gholam Wins 2016 World Architecture Festival with Bank Headquarters, © nabil gholam architects
© nabil gholam architects

Nabil Gholam Architects' unbuilt proposal for a future bank headquarters competition, a.spire, has been named the winner of the Office-Future project category at World Architecture Festival 2016. The project, designed for the Mar Mikhael neighborhood of Beirut, Lebanon, is a flexible intervention meant to both meet the client's needs in the present day and adapt to its long-term evolution.

© nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects + 13

109 Architectes Proposes Beirut Museum Design Based on "The Little Prince" Book

08:00 - 20 October, 2016
109 Architectes Proposes Beirut Museum Design Based on "The Little Prince" Book, Courtesy of 109 Architectes
Courtesy of 109 Architectes

109 Architectes has released its proposal for the Beirut Museum of Modern Art (BeMA), for which a competition was recently held. The proposal was shortlisted, but did not ultimately win. In this proposal, BeMA is a box—“a generic form that belongs to everyone”—based on a scene in The Little Prince, where a traveler is asked to draw a sheep. The Prince rejects each sheep drawing until the traveler draws a box, inside of which a sheep is hidden. “The cube is a neutral form in the Little Prince’s search for identity. Within it, he sees what he wants to see.”

Within this generic box, visitors will thus be able to project their views of Beirut—the city’s chaos, diversity, creativity, history, streets, people, and more.

Courtesy of 109 Architectes Courtesy of 109 Architectes Courtesy of 109 Architectes Courtesy of 109 Architectes + 6

Hala Wardé and HW Architecture Win Competition to Design BeMA: Beirut Museum of Art

12:15 - 13 October, 2016
Courtesy of Beirut Museum of Art
Courtesy of Beirut Museum of Art

HW architecture, led by Lebanese/French architect Hala Wardé, has been chosen as the winners of an international competition to design the new BeMA: Beirut Museum of Art in Lebanon. The new museum will be located in the heart of Beirut and features a “central campanile tower” that will rise nearly 400 feet into the air as it becomes a new cultural beacon for the city.

The winning proposal was selected from a shortlist of 13 firms by an all-star international jury, chaired by Lord Peter Palumbo, which included architects Rem Koolhaas, Lord Richard Rogers, George Arbid, Dr. Farès el-Dahdah, and Dr. Rodolphe El-Khoury as well as Serpentine Galleries curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Dame Julia Peyton-Jones. The late Zaha Hadid, who was active on the jury until her passing in 2015, remains an honorary member of the jury.

Courtesy of Beirut Museum of Art Courtesy of Beirut Museum of Art Courtesy of Beirut Museum of Art Courtesy of Beirut Museum of Art + 5

Saleh Barakat Gallery / L.E.FT Architects

22:00 - 11 August, 2016
Saleh Barakat Gallery / L.E.FT Architects, © Ieva Saudargaite
© Ieva Saudargaite

© Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beirut, Lebanon
  • Design Team

    Ana Conchan, Alex Palmer, Valeria Fervorari, Rafah Farhat, Elias Kateb
  • Area

    900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Snøhetta's Terraced, Geometric Tower Wins Competition for Bank Headquarters in Beirut

11:05 - 9 August, 2016
Snøhetta's Terraced, Geometric Tower Wins Competition for Bank Headquarters in Beirut, © MIR/Snøhetta
© MIR/Snøhetta

Snøhetta has won a competition to design the new headquarters for Banque Libano Francaise (BLF) in Beirut, Lebanon. The building will feature a geometric facade and several large outdoor terraces carved from the built volume to create a vibrant workplace community. The project marks Snøhetta’s first ever commission in Lebanon.

© MIR/Snøhetta © MIR/Snøhetta © MIR/Snøhetta © MIR/Snøhetta + 6

Notes On a Tree At the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture

11:59 - 29 June, 2016
Notes On a Tree At the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Exhibition rendered image.
Exhibition rendered image.

On May 28, Beirut-based firm 109 Architectes unveiled Notes on a Tree at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture. The interactive installation is part of the GAA Foundation’s annual “Time – Space – Existence” exhibition and commemorates Lebanon’s lost public spaces.

Notes on a Tree tackles the role of the architect in countries like Lebanon, where developers often dictate urban planning. The firm uses its own projects as examples of successes and disappointments in preserving public space, which is symbolized by specific trees. Some trees were saved and some were lost, but each one represents a community’s history and collective memory.

APEAL Announces Shortlist for Modern and Contemporary Museum in Beirut

12:00 - 18 April, 2016
APEAL Announces Shortlist for Modern and Contemporary Museum in Beirut, © Roger Moukarzel
© Roger Moukarzel

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) has announced a shortlist for the design of a new modern and contemporary art museum in Beirut, Lebanon. The yet to be named museum will be located in the city’s historic center on land owned by the Université Saint Joseph and directly opposite the National Museum of Beirut. A masterplan for the site includes new campus facilities for the university, a business center, and the museum, all sharing green common areas and underground parking.

Holcom Headquarter / Lombardini22 + DEGW

05:00 - 20 March, 2016
Holcom Headquarter  / Lombardini22 + DEGW, © Ieva Saudargaite
© Ieva Saudargaite

© Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Corniche El Nahr, Lebanon
  • Architect in Charge

    Lombardini22 & DEGW Italia
  • Area

    35000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Conference: AUB City Debates 2016

07:00 - 27 February, 2016
Conference: AUB City Debates 2016

City Debates 2016 stems from a relational and multi-scalar understanding of urban policy as an assemblage of ideas and tools that circulate and transform. We seek to examine how international aid promotes the mobility of urban policy ideas, and mobilizes a range of stakeholders, and technologies in the process. We explore these questions by investigating two sets of urban policies: regional planning, and refugee policies.

PARALX Designs New Residential Tower in Beirut

06:00 - 7 December, 2015
PARALX Designs New Residential Tower in Beirut, © PARALX
© 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
David Adjaye’s Aishti Foundation in Beirut Nears Completion , © 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.

© Guillaume Ziccarelli © Guillaume Ziccarelli © Guillaume Ziccarelli © Guillaume Ziccarelli + 20

Open Call: A Museum in the Making_Architecture Competition

21:30 - 14 October, 2015
Open Call: A Museum in the Making_Architecture Competition

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.