Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
Beirut, Lebanon
Aga Khan Award Winner
Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016.

The American University of Beirut (AUB) held an invited competition for the design of a structure to accommodate a modern-day think tank on its lush middle campus, one that was in harmony with the rest of the university, especially mindful of the surrounding greenery, and to preserve, as far as possible, existing sightlines to the Mediterranean. The building had to fit into another stage in the implementation of a master plan for AUB, whose upper campus overlooks the water, and whose lower campus is located on the seafront. The architect responded to the project brief by producing a design that significantly reduces the building's footprint by "floating" a reading room, a workshop conference room and research spaces above the entrance courtyard in the form of a 21-metre-long cantilever in order to preserve the existing landscape. The 3,000 square metre building is defined by the routes and connections within the university; the building emerges from the geometries of intersecting routes as a series of interlocking platforms and spaces for research and discourse. The massing and volume distribution fits very well with the topography, and the nearby Ficus and Cyprus trees are perfectly integrated with the project. The building’s construction is a continuation of the 20th century Lebanese construction culture of working with fair-faced concrete.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Location
Beirut, Lebanon
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Events
Design 2007-2009
construction 2010-2014
completion 2014
Dimensions
Total site area: 7,000 m²; built area: 3,000 m²; building footprint: 560 m²
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Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
Building Usages
higher education facility
educational
Materials/Techniques
concrete
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Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winner