Commercial building on historic site in Beirut

Commercial building on historic site in Beirut

A new building on the site of an important medieval gate into old Beirut. The design draws upon this history, relating physically and symbolically to Beirut's past. A rooftop beacon or tripod emphasises the corner along the axis of the Roman gateway and provides a focus between the junction of the old centre and the surrounding modern city. The building also acts as a formal entrance into the Place de L'etoile, created under the French mandate. Decoration reinterprets traditional Ottoman and Islamic forms and uses different levels of detail across each façade.

Consultant architect Robert Adam
In collaboration with local architects Dagher Hanna & Partners