House of Arts

and Culture

 

BEIRUT, LEBANON

Competition Entry, 2008.

 

The House of Arts and Culture (HAC) offers two distinctly different faces to its urban context. Two protective arms shield the HAC from the visual and aural noise generated by the neighboring ring road. Facing downtown, the northwest corner is the point of arrival and reveals an open and dynamic face to the city. A striking metal clad circular performance tower is enshrined in a delicate glass enclosure that is transparent, promising and welcoming. The solid sandstone-clad protective wings anchor the enduring foundation of art and culture in Lebanon. The celebratory openness and transparency of the glass facades embrace the hope and aspiration of a new millennium, a new beginning, the anticipation of a world of art yet to come.

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