This architectural competition
launched by the CDR (Council of Development & Reconstruction) was
later on discarded by the ministry due to the economical situation. The
challenge of this project, located in the heart of Beirut’s Central
District, was to work within the strict urban regulations to reflect
the architectural heritage of the area, but also to create a landmark.
We chose to define it as follows: Linked to heritage yet open to new
horizons. The external stone skin interacts with the immediate
surroundings while glazed curtain walls reflect and provide, at the
same time, an intricate image of the modern and the old city.
Built Area: ~22.000 m²
External Areas: 1.500 m²
Location: ESCWA Square, BCD, Beirut, Lebanon.
Venture: ETEC s.a.l. / AK-Architects
Akl Akl, Marc Abi-Rached,
Jad Murr, Jad Rizk