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house of arts

Multi functional cultural center in Beirut



The building is conceived as a series of perforated and independent layers overlapped, depending on their function, with different volumes. Each of these pods creates a balance between private and public spaces, making this “incubator of art” a building of interconnected activities.



Building area: 17,028 sqm Location: Beirut, Lebanon Client: Ministry of Culture, Republic of Lebanon


This project is intended to be a significant element in the city of Beirut, a facility able to renew social and cultural expectations. In this context, the ‘House of Art and Culture’ is envisioned as a laboratory, as well as an artifact, a machine to produce art.


AQSO house of arts and culture, physical model made in methacrylate, acrylic or Plexiglas, organic layers


The building integrates areas for regular and casual activities, trying to create an atmosphere where different means of expression and creativity can be hosted. The circulation inside the building is therefore open and free, generating flexible and exposed spaces. The main entrance is situated in the north side, while a secondary access in the west is reserved for loading and staff.


AQSO house of arts and culture, interior view, double height space, louvers
AQSO house of arts and culture, floor plans


A public space on the ground floor, working as a plaza for pedestrians, fosters a dialogue between the building and the city. The series of slabs setting up the interior of the scheme have different perimeters at each level, creating open terraces in the façade.


AQSO house of arts and culture, façade detail, semitransparent and colorful louvers on rounded slabs


The organic shape of the volumes containing each part of the program generates a fluid interstitial space. These surplus spaces are planned to be meeting points or lounges for information exchange. Whether people go there to attend an electronic music workshop, walk through an exhibition or to enjoy a performance by a visiting theatre group, they will feel the presence and impact of the other activities taking place under the same roof, at all hours of the day.


AQSO house of arts and culture, sections, performing arts auditorium with machinery box


Permeability and porosity on the perimeter creates an intriguing and appealing elevation which encourages users to explore the inside.
The building is covered and illuminated through glass louvers along the entire facade, making visible the interior activities through these transparent tubes of different textures and materials. The defining image of this art center is made by the projection towards the exterior of its interior activity.