Cantilevered concrete volume shelters entrance to Arabic studies building at Lebanese university

Chunky concrete pillars support the upper storey of this university building in Lebanon, which rises above its sloping site to offer views of a nearby walnut grove and the Mediterranean Sea. The Sheikh Nahyan Centre for Arabic Studies & Intercultural Dialogue (CASID) was designed by local firm Fouad Samara Architects as the latest addition to

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All-pink Silent Room creates quiet sanctuary beside a Beirut highway

Lebanese designer Nathalie Harb created this pavilion for Beirut Design Week to give residents of the city access to silence. The pink wooden structure, dubbed the Silent Room, sits on a parking lot beside a busy highway in Beirut. It is intended to provide residents and visitors with a “cocoon-like environment” to escape the surrounding

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Herzog & de Meuron uses staggered floors to create plant-covered terraces at Beirut tower

Staggered floor plates and set-back glazing create large planted terraces around this 119-metre tower by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, which overlooks Beirut’s marina. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron designed Beirut Terraces as part of a new masterplan developing around the St Georges Hotel. This area of the Lebanese capital is gradually being regenerated following a devastating car bomb attack

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Platau Refurbishes A Minimalist Penthouse

Designed by architectural practice Platau, ‘Wadi Penthouse’ offers modern and minimalist space while providing the ‘wow’ effect with its continuous wooden walls.
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Jean-Marc Bonfils reinterprets traditional Lebanese architecture with East Village apartment tower

This apartment block and art gallery in Beirut combines traditional timber and stone cladding with a vertical garden and a bright-red balcony that cantilevers from one of its facades. Local architect Jean-Marc Bonfils designed the East Village complex for gallerist Naila Kettaneh-Kunigk, whose Galerie Tanit occupies the ground floor. During the development process, Bonfils suggested

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Shutter-covered towers give bedrooms sea views at Lebanese housing complex

Bedrooms contained within towers at this housing complex on the Lebanese coast feature folding shutters and sliding glass walls that allow sea breezes to cool the interiors. The Courtowers are a cluster of four family properties in the Amsheet region of Lebanon, which were designed by Beirut architecture office Hashim Sarkis Studios for a plot facing the Mediterranean

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Snøhetta designs Beirut bank featuring chequerboard walls and rooftop gardens

Snøhetta has won a competition to design the headquarters of Banque Libano Francaise in Beirut, the firm’s first project in Lebanon. Oslo- and New York-based Snøhetta was selected for the project with a design for a high-rise block with chequerboard-patterned facades. The building will also feature plant-covered terraces carved into the roof and walls. The terraces will provide staff at the More

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A Light-Flooded Lebanese Church

Paris-based architect Maroun Lahoud designed a white stone-clad church firmly nestled into the landscape of Shouf, Lebanon.
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Cross-shaped windows allow light to filter into Lebanese church by Maroun Lahoud

Crucifix-shaped windows are carved through the bush-hammered stone walls of this marble-lined church on Mount Lebanon, designed by Paris-based architect Maroun Lahoud (+ slideshow). St Elie Church comprises a series of stacked blocks that fit into the mountainous terrain of Lebanon’s Chouf District, just 30 miles outside Beirut. Containing a semi-sunken hall, a raised service area and a bell tower, the blocks are constructed More

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OPA finds backer for cliffside residence sunken into Lebanese mountain

Open Platform for Architecture is moving forward with plans to build a subterranean residence that will slice into a mountain near Beirut and feature a glass swimming pool for a roof (+ slideshow). OPA originally released plans for Casa Brutale in July 2015, with no site, client or budget to build it. But the viral success of the renderings has now brought More

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Zaha Hadid’s Issam Fares Institute photographed by Julien Lanoo

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: the day before Zaha Hadid suffered a fatal heart attack, French photographer Julien Lanoo unexpectedly stumbled across her Issam Fares Institute in Beirut, Lebanon, and created a new set of images (+ slideshow). Described by Lanoo as “a small tribute the day before she left”, the photographs offer a new perspective of the Iraqi-born architect’s More

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David Adjaye’s Aïshti Foundation gallery and shopping centre nears completion in Beirut

Adjaye Associates has revealed images of its combined cultural foundation and luxury shopping centre in Beirut, Lebanon, ahead of the building’s completion later this year (+ slideshow). Designed by architect David Adjaye, the Aïshti Foundation’s building opened this week, although some interior details and the roof have yet to be finished. The foundation’s galleries are […]

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Nestlé Waters’ Beirut office is top heavy to allow space for trucks to pass by

The top two floors of this office for Nestlé Waters in Beirut projects out by 15 metres to create a clear route below for trucks to access the warehouse next door (+ slideshow). Beirut-based architects Bernard Mallat and Walid Zeidan collaborated to design the new headquarters for bottled water company Nestlé Waters – a division of the […]

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Annabel Karim Kassar’s telescopic pavilions brought a taste of Lebanon to Milan

Movie: in this movie, French architect Annabel Karim Kassar explains how her Camera Chiara installation recreated the atmosphere of a Lebanese house in a Milanese courtyard. Kassar’s Camera Chiara installation, which opened in April during Milan Design Week, consisted of two telescopic pavilions made from steel and burnt wood situated within one of the University of […]

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