This project was developed for an international architecture competition sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Lebanon and the Sultanate of Oman, with the support of the UIA- Union Intertionale des Architects. The purpose of the competition was the design for the cultural complex of the House of Arts and Culture in the city of Beirut. Located in the old city center, in a site that had been bombed during the 1975-1990 civil war, the cultural center was conceived as a place for contemporary artistic and cultural production, a place where artists and the general public could convene to in order to openly discuss and exchange ideas.
The project includes two concert halls, for 300 and 800 spectators respectively; a theater, cinema, library, and multimedia center; galleries for art exhibitions; flexible, multipurpose spaces for art workshops, as well as music and dance classes; and technical and administrative facilities. The architectural solution adopted organizes all these spaces around a central public plaza that creates a smooth transition between public open space and the interior of the building. Metaphorically, the House of Arts and Culture presents itself as a mysterious cave, full of marvelous experiences waiting to be gone through.
Location: Beirut | Lebanon
Client: Ministry of Culture of Lebanon
Built area: 15.200 m²
Site area: 4.450 m²
Authors: Alexandre Hepner, André Prevedello, João Paulo Payar, Rafael Brych