In Pictures: Abandoned Beidas Villa – Bhamdoun

Our friend Jad Ghorayeb paid a visit to the Beidas Villa in Bhamdoun this past weekend and shared those awesome shots of the abandoned villa. The owner was a Palestinian Lebanese banker called Yousef Beidas, founder and chairman of Intra Bank. Intra Bank was the largest financial institution in Lebanon until its collapse in 1966. The collapse was dubbed one of the most disastrous financial collapses in Lebanon's history and "brought the Lebanese economy to…

The Egg is not Getting Demolished (For Now)

An old post from 2011 has somehow re-emerged online where the author is claiming that "the beloved egg-shaped landmark on Martyr's Square is scheduled to be demolished in the coming days". Needless to say, The Egg or the Dome wasn't demolished back then and there are still no official plans to demolish it anytime soon. However, "Solidere had plans since 2004 to demolish the structure straight away and when the way the land was sold…
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In Pictures: The Synagogue of Bhamdoun

4 weeks ago
Most of the Lebanese Jews lived in Beirut but there were also communities in other cities like Saida and Tripoli and there are still intact synagogues mainly in Saida, Bhamdoun and Deir el Qamar. The ...
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#Lifehaus: The First Self-Sufficient Project in the Middle East Coming to Baskinta

1 month ago
Lifehaus is the first low cost fully self-sufficient project in the Middle East that is designed to lower the carbon footprint ​using upcycled, local materials and ancestral techniques. The founder and architect behind LifeHaus is ...
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Take a Sneak Peek into ABC Verdun’s Garden

2 months ago
Ever since I shared exclusive pictures of ABC Verdun, I had many ask me if there’s any greenery or gardens inside the mall, especially that green areas have a positive impact on the happiness of ...
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AKK Architects Are Renovating a 19th Century Ottoman Mansion in Beirut

2 months ago
It’s always great to hear old Beirut houses being renovated, rather than being demolished and replaced by skyscrapers. Beirut-based Annabel Karim Kassar (AKK) Architects, which is founded by Annabel Karim Kassar, has launched the restoration ...
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Architect & AUB Professor Salma Samar Damluji Elected member of the Académie d’Architecture en France

3 months ago
Professor Salma Samar Damluji, a British architect of Iraqi and Lebanese descent, was elected member of the prestigious Académie d’Architecture en France a month ago. Dr. Damluji joined the American University of Beirut in 2013, ...
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What’s Happening to Beirut’s Rose House (La Maison Rose)?

3 months ago
La Maison Rose is one of the oldest mansions in Ras Beirut that was built in the 19th century overlooking the lighthouse in Manara. Back in 2014, British artist Tom Young, who fell in love ...
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Here’s how ABC Verdun Should Look Like

4 months ago
I shared few exclusive pictures from inside ABC Verdun a couple of months ago and ABC has revealed today a video showing how its newest mall will look like. Here’s what we know about ABC ...
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Pictures of The “Laziza Grande Brasserie du Levant” Before it Gets Demolished

4 months ago
The Laziza brewery (“Laziza Grande Brasserie du Levant”), which was established in the early 1930s and closed in 2003 is getting demolished to make way for a new project called “Mar Mikhael Village” by renowned ...
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