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Architecture City Guide: Beirut

Architecture City Guide: Beirut
Architecture City Guide: Beirut, © Flickr User Omar Chatriwala
© Flickr User Omar Chatriwala

Following a brutal 15-year civil war that tore the city apart, Beirut has recovered remarkably; it was voted the number one destination to visit by the New York Times in 2009, and, more recently, received a similar title by Frommer's. The city is in the second phase of one of the biggest urban reconstruction projects in the world, run by Solidere, which has brought architects like Steven Holl, Herzog & DeMeuron, Zaha Hadid, Vincent James, and Rafael Moneo to the local scene. In less internationalized parts of the city sit the landmarks of the 1960s and 1970s, Beirut's pre-war glory days, including buildings by names such as Alvar Aalto, Victor Gruen, and the Swiss Addor & Julliard. With a city growing as fast as Beirut it is impossible to have a final city guide, so we look forward to hearing your suggestions and building on this over the years.

Photos and a map of Beirut's most exciting buildings after the break...

CGM CMA Headquarters / Nabil Gholam Charles Hostler Student Center / VJAA USJ Campus of Sport and Innovation / Youssef Tohme and 109 Architects Holiday-Inn Beirut / Andre Wogenscky + 15

B018 / Bernard Khoury LAU Fine Arts Building / SKP Fransabank Headquarters / Alvar Aalto and Alfred Roth Gefinor Center / Victor Gruen + 15

Interdesign Showroom / Khalil Khoury Beirut Souks / Rafael Moneo Strand Center / Dar Al Handasah Starco Center / Addor & Julliard + 15

EDL Headquarters / CETA Zaytunay Bay & Town Quay / Steven Holl Architects + 15

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Ramzi Naja
Cite: Ramzi Naja. "Architecture City Guide: Beirut" 09 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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