This project is an entry for one of the few local open competitions of
Pictured first of all as a flexible and transparent space full of
energy, the House of Arts and Culture will be permeable to cultural
flow, all sorts of artistic trends, and above all be permeable to the
unfolding of time and trends.
The plot faces a renovated traditional building and a public space
articulated around a beautiful tree.
The general approach was to align the core of the center with the
existing building and liberate the rest of the plot, creating
continuity in public spaces. The main theatrical space could either be
buried beneath the plaza, or suspended above it. We opted for the
latter, as it generates a covered public space and establishes a noble
relationship between the performing space and the city.
In response to the expectations of the architectural program that
called for a flexible and polyvalent theatrical space, we adopted an
innovative disposition that allows total flexibility and maximal
functionality, making any scenography possible.
Built Area: 20.600 m²
Location: Downtown Beirut.
Architecture: Joint Venture Team:
AK-Architects, Beirut (Team Leader)
& Partners, Beirut