House of Arts and Culture
HOUSE OF ARTS AND CULTURE, BEIRUT 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 hence 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. That is why the building is not conceived as a monolithic mass, but rather in a manner to stage this overlapping of cultural layers and the process throughout which they become real spaces, transitional spaces for the exchange and intertwining of creativity. All the functions of culture are presented in the building: cinemas, opera, film library, exhibition spaces, which appears as a Lebanon house of Culture. To enhance this specificity, the project tried to express the movement of the levels as an answer to the diversity of functions. The the building appears as symphony of volumes which comes to people as a welcoming. Architect : Mikou Design Studio Salwa Mikou, Selma Mikou, Cécile Jalby, Iskra Pencheva, Gwenaël Jerrett, Baharan Khosravi, Ludivine Specht Client : Ministry of culture Program : Theatres, cinema, film library, exhibition space, training and work space, meeting rooms, cafeteria and commercial spaces, documentation center and administration Budget : 20 000 000 € Surface: 16 000 m2 SHON Location: Beirut, Lebanon Date : international competition 2009


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