Archinect - News 2017-08-22T12:47:18-04:00 Morphosis Architects' U.S. Beirut Embassy should be finished by 2023 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T13:39:00-05:00 >2017-02-05T17:54:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After winning the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition to design the U.S. Embassy in Beirut several years ago</a>, Morphosis Architects has had some additional good news from the State Department: a construction contract has officially been awarded for the project, which sets the timetable for completion a little over six years from now. As the official word from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unmolested</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of State</a> website notes:&nbsp;</p><p>"The Department of State awarded the construction contract for the new U.S. Embassy complex in Beirut, Lebanon to B.L. Harbert of Birmingham, Alabama.</p><p>The multi-building complex will be situated on a 43-acre site in Awkar, near the current U.S. Embassy Compound. The new complex will include a Chancery, a Marine Security Guard Residence, representational and staff housing, facilities for the community and associated support facilities. The project is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2023."</p> BeMA: a new art museum for Beirut Nicholas Korody 2016-10-14T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T23:00:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beirut is to get a new modern art museum with a design inspired by Italian campaniles and Arabic minarets. BeMA, the Beirut Museum of Art, will feature a slender tower rising 124 metres into the sky, according to designs by the winner of an architectural competition revealed on Thursday.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>An international jury has selected the Paris-based Lebanese architect Hala Ward&eacute; to oversee the complex on what the project backers describe as &ldquo;a symbolically charged site that once marked the dividing lines in the Lebanese civil war&rdquo;.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more from Lebanon and the greater MENA region:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Deans List: Amale Andraos of Columbia University's GSAPP</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An empty museum for a stateless people</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before + after photos of Syria's devastated heritage</a></li></ul> The Gadgetist: Bernard Khoury on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #22 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-09T15:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T21:03:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the late 1980s, Bernard Khoury came to the US from Lebanon to study architecture at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RISD</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard</a>, then returned to establish his practice in Beirut in the mid-1990s. His father was a prominent modernist architect during Beirut&rsquo;s booming pre-civil war years, and much of Khoury&rsquo;s work somehow engages with Lebanon&rsquo;s post-war urbanity. We spoke about his time at Harvard, studying &ldquo;war architecture&rdquo; with Lebbeus Woods, and how his practice is a constant reevaluation of how architecture can reflect upon, and come to terms with, the traumas of war.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#22 with <strong>Bernard Khoury</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B018</a>, the subterranean night club Khoury designed in Beirut</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Evolving Scars</em></a>&nbsp;by Bernard Khoury and Lebbeus Woods</p><p>Drive-By Shooting...</p> A real Phoenician Nam Henderson 2015-12-30T00:44:00-05:00 >2015-12-30T10:22:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect David Adjaye had designed a $100 million building with a facade of red ceramic tiles, combining a high-end mall and a separate exhibition space...Some art critics said displaying the collection in a wing of a mall eroded the line between art and commerce.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rachel Donadio reports from the&nbsp;grand opening of the Aishti Foundation, a private museum in Beirut,&nbsp;designed by the architect David Adjaye.&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Perrodin</a> had <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">questioned</a> why the project wasn't "<em>on anyone's radar?? &nbsp;We see a fusion of commercial and culture within one project...may not be THE way forward, but I feel it is definitely a unique way of bringing a broader public into proximity to high culture</em>".&nbsp;</p> Photographer captures the beauty of Beirut's architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T15:36:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T01:31:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="656" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many in the west too often think of Beirut as a city scarred by war and terror. But the capital of Lebanon is a beautiful, modern city, one utterly remade after the country&rsquo;s civil war ended in 1990. Gleaming skyscrapers tower over historic and pre-war modernist architecture, drenched in color and bathed in sunlight. It provides no end of inspiration for Serge Najjar, whose gorgeous photos of the city fill his Instagram.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Private money attracts big-name architects to design new museums in Beirut Alexander Walter 2015-10-09T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T15:05:04-04:00 <img src="" width="598" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A raft of museums, most backed by private money, are springing up in what is, for many, an unlikely cultural hub: Beirut, the capital of Lebanon [...] The design competition launched on 1 October; the architect Zaha Hadid is on the jury along with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones of London's Serpentine Galleries. Salam&eacute;, who founded the A&iuml;shti fashion chain, invested $100m in funding a contemporary art museum, designed by the British architect David Adjaye, in Jal El Dib [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Oliver Wainwright takes a closer look at Beirut's downtown redevelopment Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T15:43:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T19:04:53-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two decades after civil war blew the Lebanese capital to rubble, the city centre boasts immaculately rebuilt streets lined with Gucci and Prada stores &ndash; but the whole place is strangely deserted [...] the resulting place feels less souk than Duty Free airport lounge. It is a monotonous world of more swanky high street brands, from Burberry to Tag Heuer, staffed by idle shop assistants awaiting the promised customer footfall that has yet to arrive.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> From Beirut: Open Letter to Mr. Rem Koolhaas Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-16T11:11:00-05:00 >2015-03-17T12:15:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the above, we are appealing to you in your roles as founder and lead architect of the firm, and as an educator and a public intellectual, to side by us in advocating to your client, but also to planning and urban authorities in Beirut the preservation of a site with unique characteristics, and withdraw services on this project. If such advocacy efforts falter, we urge you to dissociate yourself and your firm from this contentious project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We have recently learned that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to develop a design for a projected development on a prime sea-front location in Beirut (Lebanon): the Dalieh of Raoucheh. Proposing a private development over such a prime social, national, archeological and geological landmark in Lebanon has generated an ongoing public outcry, in the form of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests</a>, letters to officials,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">media mobilization</a>. We are writing today to alert you to the disturbing facts behind the project, and solicit your support in outlining an alternative vision for Beirut&rsquo;s seafront.&nbsp;</p> New kid on the block: SOMA's mixed-use Bobo in Beirut begins foundation work Justine Testado 2014-12-10T14:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="976" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The distinctive BOBO building by New York-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOMA Architects</a> will be the new kid on the block in Beirut's Mar Mikhael district. The design SOMA came up with for the residential building, which recently began foundation work, consists of a steel exoskeleton tied to a concrete core that will cantilever over an existing house that is located at the end of a row of structures dating back to the 1920s.</p><p>BOBO's developer, Zardman, was not allowed to demolish the house's fa&ccedil;ade. To work around this condition, the house was gutted and excavated six floors underground. Once built, BOBO will have a total of 11 stories, 13 residences (including a penthouse duplex), and retail on ground level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More images in the gallery below.</p> NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass Alexander Walter 2014-08-29T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T21:21:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a breezy summer afternoon here in the newly renovated Sanayeh Garden, children are climbing the monkey bars, pedaling on bikes and kicking a ball by the huge water fountain in the park&rsquo;s center. [...] While this would be an ordinary scene in Paris, New York or Singapore, it&rsquo;s practically a new invention for today&rsquo;s residents of Beirut. Functional public parks have been virtually nonexistent here for decades.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Morphosis Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Beirut Justine Testado 2013-10-31T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T00:35:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From six finalists to three and finally to one, Morphosis Architects will be designing the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, as announced by The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) earlier this week. Morphosis won against top-name contenders Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam / AECOM. All top three teams advanced to the competition's final round of presentations and interviews. Submitting designs weren't a requirement.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" target="_blank">Shortlist for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut now down to three finalists</a></p> Shortlist for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut now down to three finalists Alexander Walter 2013-09-04T21:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-31T17:36:45-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Stage 2 shortlist for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon has now been narrowed down even further.</p></em><br /><br /><p> As the Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) reports, these three design teams were selected for Stage 3 evaluation:</p> <ul><li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro</li> <li> Mack Scogin Merrill Elam / AECOM</li> <li> Morphosis Architects</li> </ul><p> Earlier this year in June, the Stage 1 shortlist still included Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and Yazdani Studio.</p> <p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R, Morphosis, Vi&ntilde;oly and Holl Among Finalists for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut</a></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Beirut</a></p> DS+R, Morphosis, Viñoly and Holl Among Finalists for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut Alexander Walter 2013-06-19T13:28:00-04:00 >2013-10-31T17:37:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted six design teams for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The shortlisted teams are:</p> <ul><li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro</li> <li> Mack Scogin Merrill Elam/AECOM</li> <li> Morphosis Architects</li> <li> Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects</li> <li> Steven Holl Architects</li> <li> Yazdani Studio</li> </ul><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut now down to three finalists</a></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE 2:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Beirut</a></p> District//S by Allies and Morrison Architects Wins at National Urban Design Awards Alexander Walter 2013-02-07T17:02:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:38:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="863" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The residential development District//S in Beirut, Lebanon has been awarded the Francis Tibbalds Prize for best Practice Project at the UK's National Urban Design Awards 2013. The prize was presented to the designers of the project, London-based Allies and Morrison Architects, at a ceremony held last night at London&rsquo;s Royal Overseas League.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>