The House of Art & Culture is the possibility to experience all the cultures, ideas and histories of the city of Beirut all re-united in one experience, for a unique moment in time: just like an extension of the public spaces around the city, the design is inspired by Beirut’s traditional neighbourhood places, which are used as connecting fabric for the new functional areas.
The House of Art & Culture draws from the idea of the tent, a crucial symbol in human culture. The simplest form of construction, the pristine level of all architecture, where by means of a thin fabric and little support, man creates the first place for his spirit to dwell. Nomadic in itself, just like the idea of culture today, a tent can dwell everywhere, always unique and stable, but forever on the move, ready to evolve with time and place, always changing its relation with history and time.
The House of Art and Culture is a contemporary, innovative and flexible structure, built around the idea of “collectiveness”. Is the use of modern technologies and traditional design, to produce an iconic building.