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See Oscar Niemeyer's Unfinished Architecture for Lebanon's International Fair Grounds

See Oscar Niemeyer's Unfinished Architecture for Lebanon's International Fair Grounds
See Oscar Niemeyer's Unfinished Architecture for Lebanon's International Fair Grounds, Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim
Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim

On the grounds of the Tripoli International Fair (Rashid Karameh International Exhibition Center) in Lebanon, one finds one of the five largest exhibition centers in the world [1]. The 15 structures, designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1963, remain unfinished due to the project's abandonment during the country's civil war in 1975. 

Arch. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim Enclosed Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim Theater interior. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim + 24

Amphitheater and arch. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim
Amphitheater and arch. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim

Photographer Anthony Saroufim, who is based in Beirut and Paris, captured the site's unfinished concrete structures. The photographs reveal the simultaneous hints of progress and crisis, and of imagination and ruin. 

International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. © Anthony Saroufim International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. © Anthony Saroufim International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. © Anthony Saroufim International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. © Anthony Saroufim + 24

Check out Anthony Saroufim's gallery of this striking, unfinished Niemeyer project.

Enclosed Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim
Enclosed Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim
Enclosed Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim
Enclosed Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim
Theater interior. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim
Theater interior. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim
International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. © Anthony Saroufim
International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. © Anthony Saroufim
International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. © Anthony Saroufim
International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. © Anthony Saroufim
Arch. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim
Arch. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim

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Romullo Baratto
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Cite: Baratto, Romullo. "See Oscar Niemeyer's Unfinished Architecture for Lebanon's International Fair Grounds" [Fotógrafo registra arquiteturas inacabadas de Niemeyer no Líbano] 12 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintal, Becky) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/793154/see-oscar-niemeyers-unfinished-architecture-for-lebanons-international-fair-grounds/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim

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