Issam Fares Institute (AUB) Wins 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

The US$1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture is considered to be one of the most important awards in the field and is awarded every three years to projects that "are judged to set new standards of excellence while addressing the needs of communities in which Muslims or Islamic heritage have a significant presence". The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut was one of the 2016…

A Look inside Le Grand Théâtre de Beirut

Le Grand Théâtre de Beirut or Beirut's Grand Theater is one of the last remaining relics of pre-war Beirut. This landmark building was built in the late 1930s and was a venue for performances of all kinds from the Middle East and Europe. The theater is widely considered as a cultural icon and is of great historical significance to the city of Beirut. Unfortunately, the Grand Theater has been abandoned since the end of the…
Architecture

In Pictures: A Tour Inside The Lebanese Presidential Palace (Via Decoventure)

6 months ago
Most of us have never been to the Presidential Palace and know little about it. The only thing we know is that we’ve been without a president up until Michel Aoun got elected on Monday ...
Architecture

BeMA: Beirut Museum of Art To Open by 2020

7 months ago
I wrote back in April 2016 that there were talks about opening a new museum of Modern and contemporary Lebanese art in central Beirut by 2020 and that Tony Salamé (Aishti), Zaha Hadid (who unfortunately ...
Architecture

Progressive Mosque Architecture in Mukhtara – Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque By L.E.FT

8 months ago
Today marked the opening of the Amir Shakib Arslan mosque in Mukhtarah. The new progressive look was designed by L.E.FT arhictects led by Makram el Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine. I loved the design and the ...
Architecture

Aishti by the Sea Featured On NY Times’ List of Coolest, Most Cultured New Malls

9 months ago
The New York Times published a list on the World’s coolest, Most Cultured New Malls and featured the new Aishti contemporary museum that opened back in October 2015. I’ve been to that new complex a ...
Architecture

Casa Brutale: Stunning Faqra House Built Inside A Cliff

11 months ago
Netherlands-based architects Open Platform for Architecture (OPA) are building a cliff residence in Faqra for Demco Properties’s CEO Alex Demirdjian. The 2,906 square feet residence should be completed by 2018. Looking at OPA’s website, the ...
Architecture

Jounieh Dream Beach House

11 months ago
I live in Jounieh yet I’ve never spotted this house. It is a private residence designed by New York-based architects SOMA right on the Mediterranean sea. In order to defend against the waves, there’s a ...
Architecture

The Grand Aley Hotel: Built in 1926, For Sale Since 2008

1 year ago
This is a cool piece by Dima Karam (The Guardian) on the Grand Aley Hotel that was built in 1926 by three brothers from a Beiruti trading family. The British Army set up their command ...
Architecture

Beirut Souks New Department Store: A Gorgeous Design Signed Zaha Hadid

1 year ago
If you’ve been to Beirut Souks recently, you would have probably noticed that the North part of Beirut Souks that is currently under construction is starting to take shape. The department is under design by ...
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