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Zaha Hadid's Issam Fares Institute Stands Out in New Photography by Bahaa Ghoussainy

09:30 - 20 May, 2018
© Bahaa Ghoussainy
© Bahaa Ghoussainy

With its monumental form, swept diagonal lines and elevated concrete walkways, the Issam Fares Institute building at the American University of Beirut by Zaha Hadid Architects emphasizes movement, evoking the speed of contemporary life as it presides over a connecting system of pedestrian walkways. Begun in 2006 and completed in 2014, Hadid’s award-winning concrete and glass building makes a bold statement with its prominent 21-meter, two-story-tall cantilever, which creates a covered courtyard and reduces the footprint of the building to avoid blocking circulation routes. The elevated walkways carry pedestrians through the branches of huge Cypress and Ficus trees, many of which significantly predate the building at 120 to 180 years old.

© Bahaa Ghoussainy © Bahaa Ghoussainy © Bahaa Ghoussainy © Bahaa Ghoussainy + 23

Rafael Moneo's Beirut Souks Explored in Photographs by Bahaa Ghoussainy

08:00 - 14 May, 2018
Rafael Moneo's Beirut Souks Explored in Photographs by Bahaa Ghoussainy, © Bahaa Ghoussainy
© Bahaa Ghoussainy

When Spanish architect Rafael Moneo won the Pritzker Prize in 1996, the jury identified his ability to see buildings as lasting built entities—their lives extending beyond architectural drawings—as integral to his success. The South Souks, Moneo’s 2009 project in Beirut, Lebanon, indeed responds to a long history and anticipates a lasting future. After the city’s historic souq (outdoor marketplace) was destroyed during the Lebanese Civil War, developer Solidere began rebuilding the commercial area in 1991. As part of the project, Moneo designed an arcaded shopping district that follows the ancient Hellenistic grid and retains original street names.

© Bahaa Ghoussainy © Bahaa Ghoussainy © Bahaa Ghoussainy © Bahaa Ghoussainy + 26

Lightweight Wooden Deployable Structure Aims for Large Social Impact Without Leaving a Mark

06:00 - 7 March, 2018
Lightweight Wooden Deployable Structure Aims for Large Social Impact Without Leaving a Mark, © Lorenzo Tugnoli
© Lorenzo Tugnoli

Architecture students of the American University of Beirut used an ephemeral design to approach the lack of awareness of marine biodiversity and responsible use of the coast of Tyre. The proposal consists of a lightweight and deployable structure constituting a programmatic point of meeting and information on the sand.

The project materialized with wood, metal ties and ropes, approach the possible application of light and temporary systems to generate a large social impact and at the same time minimum physical impact on the site.

How the Urban Tower Retro67 Will Celebrate the Vulnerable Heritage of Lebanon

07:00 - 21 February, 2018
How the Urban Tower Retro67 Will Celebrate the Vulnerable Heritage of Lebanon, Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA
Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA

Beirut has seen an influx of wealth into the area ever since the end of the Lebanese Civil War in 1990. Large-scale developments and designer architecture from Herzog & de Meuron, Snøhetta and David Adjaye have been popping up throughout the capital, much like its Middle Eastern neighbors. Retro67 by Andrea Vattovani Architecture, together with local architects Plan Bee Architecture, will celebrate the appearance of the old town of Beirut and reinterpret the traditional stylistic elements with the modern flair that is becoming the city’s favored style.

Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA + 23

Photos Capture the Luxurious Life Inside Herzog & de Meuron's Beirut Terraces

09:30 - 7 January, 2018
© Bahaa Ghoussainy
© Bahaa Ghoussainy

In the rapidly burgeoning city of Beirut, the post-war building boom is far from over. Much like its middle-eastern neighbors, it boasts of a plump share of designer architecture—as critic Oliver Wainwright refers to it, “a diverse shopping list”. It is here that the Beirut Terraces, a residential complex designed by Herzog & De Meuron, rises up to 119 meters, occupying a prominent place in the city’s skyline. In this collection of photographs by Bahaa Ghoussainy, one sees the Beirut Terraces from within, getting a glimpse of both the interior, as well as the multiple, unique views offered from inside the building.

© Bahaa Ghoussainy © Bahaa Ghoussainy © Bahaa Ghoussainy © Bahaa Ghoussainy + 29

Plot # 1282 / Bernard Khoury / DW5

02:00 - 30 October, 2017
© Bahaa Ghoussainy
© Bahaa Ghoussainy

© Bahaa Ghoussainy © Ieva Saudargaite © Bahaa Ghoussainy © Ieva Saudargaite + 43

Le 13ème Roof Extension / NOTAN OFFICE

02:00 - 3 October, 2017
Le 13ème Roof Extension / NOTAN OFFICE, © Leva Saudargaité
© Leva Saudargaité

© Leva Saudargaité © Leva Saudargaité © Leva Saudargaité © Leva Saudargaité + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beirut, Lebanon
  • Architect in Charge

    Frédéric Karam
  • Area

    250.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Sursock Apartment / platau

05:00 - 1 October, 2017
Sursock Apartment  / platau, © Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya

© Wissam Chaaya © Wissam Chaaya © Wissam Chaaya © Wissam Chaaya + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beirut, Lebanon
  • Architect in Charge

    platau
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

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