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.
The competition’s independent jury is chaired by Lord Peter Palumbo, Chair of the Pritzker Prize, and includes Lord Richard Rogers, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Rodolphe el-Khoury, Lamia Joreige, Fares Al Dahdah, George Arbid, and until her untimely passing, Zaha Hadid. From 66 submissions from 16 countries, the jury selected 13 finalists that will move on to the second round of the competition. The winner will be announced this fall.
According to Peter Palumbo, “The submissions for stage one were strong and varied; we were impressed to see such remarkable and qualified talent engage with the concept of the museum. The finalist will be an exceptional architect who identifies with the project values and understands the significance of designing a cultural institution in the current urban, social, economic and political context of the country and region.”
109 Architectes s.a.r.l.
Bernard Khoury / DW5
Hashim Sarkis Studios, LLC
IDC / Verner Johnson / ETEC SA
Lina Ghotmeh / DGT Architects
Najjar Najjar Architect
Raëd Abillama Architects / Nadim Khattar
WORK Architecture Company (WORKac)
Yatsu Chahal Architects (YCa) / Said Jazairi Consulting Office (SJCO) / Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates (YTAA)
For further information on the project please visit the competition website.