Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Zaha Hadid completes Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in Lebanon

Eight years after winning an architectural competition organised by the American University of Beirut, Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled the first images of the completed Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in the Lebanese capital.

Photograph © Hufton+Crow



Occupying 3,000 square meters of floor area in a total site area of 7,000 square meters, the concrete building features a cantilevered design approach that maximises space while significantly reducing the building’s footprint and preserving the existing landscape integral to the 2002 master-plan for the American University of Beirut conceived by Sasaki Associates (in collaboration with Machado and Silvetti, MGT of America, and Dar Al-Handasa, Shair and Partners). At the same time, its areas are connected with the surrounding campus buildings and the local community by woven pathways and platforms that mirror the Institute’s aim to be a welcoming forum for the free exchange of ideas.

Photograph © Luke Hayes

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Luke Hayes

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Luke Hayes

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Luke Hayes

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Luke Hayes

Photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photograph © Hufton+Crow



Photographs courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects


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