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.