This competition entry for a new arts complex in the city of Beirut required the incorporation of a number of arts facilities on a tight and challenging urban site. Stacking the various functions, one upon the other, the building comprises cinemas, film research facilities and library in the dark subterranean spaces, a large adaptable performance space in the centre and light-filled art galleries at the top. The flexible auditorium can accommodate the requirements of in-the-round dramatic performances as well as those of the traditional proscenium arch, and musical concerts.

All are reached via a dramatic sequence of stairs and foyer spaces rising eight stories within a light-filled atrium. A piece of theatre, and an illuminated billboard for the passing traffic.

(with Originate:Architects)