Type : Professional Competition
Client : City of Beyrouth
Program: Concert Hall, Library,
Storage, Exhibition spaces, Cinemas
Location: Beyrouth, Lebanon
Area: 18,000 m²
(Collaboration with Alexandre Stella)
This project position itself as an articulation between ...
... the old part and the new part of Beirut. It multiplies the public space that it faces through a series of stacked programmatic patio typology. By doing so, it activates a pedestrian street that leads to the existing tunnel that connects old Beirut.
The building maintains a tense relationship to the public garden by appearing seemingly enclosed. This effect reinforces the feeling of openness that occurs when discovering the continuous green space that unfolds up from the side street. The MAC (Maison des Arts et de la Culture) Beirut celebrates Arabic traditions of heavy street fronts that conceals/masks gorgeous courtyard spaces.