House of Arts and Culture

BEIRUT, LEBANON

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ClientMinistry of culture
ProgrammeTheatres, cinema, film library, exhibition space, training spaces, meeting rooms, documentation center and administration
Surface16 000 m²
StatusCompetition 2009
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Similar to Beirut, the House of the Arts and Culture is inspired by the diversity of cultures; stimulating the imagination by integrating the sensitivities of various artistic domains. This overlapping of cultural layers is a characteristic feature of the program, which creates a strong identity for the future House of Arts and Culture and refers to the iconic image of Beirut, city of cultural and historic sedimentation, nicknamed the “well” because of the various Hellenistic, Roman, Arabic and Ottoman layers. The building is not conceived as a monolithic mass, it tries in a manner to stage this overlapping of cultural functions and to give value to the process and circulations in the building which become transitional spaces for exchange and intertwining of creativity.

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