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UIA and TSEZ Seek to Revive Niemeyer’s Abandoned Tripoli Site through International Competition

08:00 - 9 March, 2019
UIA and TSEZ Seek to Revive Niemeyer’s Abandoned Tripoli Site through International Competition, Courtesy of International Union of Architects (UIA)
Courtesy of International Union of Architects (UIA)

As part of Tripoli’s economic revival plan, the International Union of Architects (UIA), in collaboration with the Lebanese Federation of Engineers and Architects (on behalf of the Tripoli Special Economic Zone / TSEZ), the Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR), and the Lebanese Government, have launched an international architecture competition to create a Knowledge and Innovation Center in the northern city of Lebanon.

The proposed site is situated on an empty lot within Oscar Niemeyer’s abandoned Rachid Karami International Fair, a modernist exhibition complex that has yet to see the light of restoration. The objective of the competition is to create a technology and business hub which will foster and promote start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, attracting students, young graduates, local and international companies to Tripoli and the neighboring region.

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Oscar Niemeyer's Rachid Karami Exposition Site Crumbling after Years of Neglect

06:30 - 6 February, 2019
Oscar Niemeyer's Rachid Karami Exposition Site Crumbling after Years of Neglect, © Dima Stouhi
© Dima Stouhi

Lebanon is home to several outstanding structures, influenced by centuries of architectural styles. However, one of the most intriguing projects in the Middle Eastern country lies in the northern city of Tripoli, a culturally-rich historical city with structures once inhabited by Romans, Crusaders, Phoenicians, and Ottomans. The Rachid Karami International Exhibition Center, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, reflects the slow deterioration from Lebanon’s pre-war golden age to post-war depression. The country's iconic modernist site has suffered after years of neglect and reportedly will require upwards of 15 million dollars to restore.

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

08:00 - 12 August, 2016
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

Tripoli Congress Center / Tabanlioglu Architects

01:00 - 19 August, 2014
Tripoli Congress Center / Tabanlioglu Architects, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tripoli, Libya
  • Category

  • Architectural Project Team

    Salih Yılgörür, Ali Çalışkan, Emre Özberk, Oktay Murat, Zeynep Eker, Merve Demirbaş, Elif Akçakaya, Salih Çıkman, Işıl Taşkın, Başak Uysal, Elif Selçuk, Zeynep Çorakçı
  • Architect in Charge

    Melkan Gürsel, Murat Tabanlıoğlu
  • Area

    25000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
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Henning Larsen Wins Competition to Design Central Bank of Libya

00:00 - 23 April, 2014
Henning Larsen Wins Competition to Design Central Bank of Libya, Plaza. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Plaza. Image © Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Architects has won an invited competition to design a new headquarters for the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli. Inspired by Libyan vernacular architecture, the structure will occupy two existing site excavations. The first, and largest, excavation will be transformed into a “shaded oasis” that serves both the bank and Gurji district by providing areas for operations, an education center, restaurant and hotel. The second will allow vehicular access to the treasuries.

Libyan History Museum / Jafar Tukan Architects

11:06 - 7 September, 2011
Courtesy of Consolidated Consultants/Jafar Tukan Architects
Courtesy of Consolidated Consultants/Jafar Tukan Architects

Located in a very rich part of Tripoli where street cafes are full, public gardens are lavish, and pedestrian pathways are bursting with everyday life, it is the perfect setting to tell a piece of Libya’s history. Therefore, the design strategy of Consolidated Consultants/Jafar Tukan Architects consists of embracing this rich surrounding for this history museum. More images and architects’ description after the break.