Architecture Designs Published by Niklas Larsen, Friday, January 27th 2017, 08:20:13 AM.
This unique, wonderful concrete building is a university building belongs to the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB). The architect, Zaha Hadid Architects had won a competition to design a new building for the university and came out with a special place to engage and encourage research, interaction and to broaden debate on the public policy and international relations in the Arab world.
This building is a part of the campus’s implementation of the original 2002 master plan by Sasaki Associates (in collaboration with Machado and Silvetti, MGT of America, and Dar Al-Handasa, Shair and Partners) to pursue the academic’s goal of the 21st century with facilities of the highest international standards.
This building is built close to the new university hospital. There, there is opportunity to built a building with a 7 meter difference in surface level enabling the architect to play with form and function. The footprint was constrained to the original landscape master plan so the reading room, conference workshops and research rooms are lifted above the entrance courtyard. The auditorium with its 100 seats are located on the ground floor, making the students away from any distraction.
As a goal to make the building as a crossroad for the students, researcher, visitors and functions to harness ideas. The architectural design of building is meant to develop and initiate research about local issues including refugee, water scarcity and others. It has pathways that intertwined and lead to many important parts of the university. The second floor of this building has ramp that connects the research lounge directly to the campus. The civic space for this building is located at the center of the pathways and travels across the site. The space is covered by existing trees and outdoor terrace. The design was created to encourage people meeting and having comfortable informal discussion.
Also, the design inherits the local tradition in building concrete in situ. There have been many building in this university built with concrete in various rendering treatments and cladding. Moreover, the existing Ficus and Cypress trees that have been 120 to 180 years old are preserved and become a part of the program. This concrete building as a whole represents the university’s goal to be a catalyst and connector between AUB researchers and the global community via its three dimensional intersections. the community is connected via its paths and views including to the Mediterranean Sea to the north. It is meant to be a place a space for university’s community to meet. This university is a place for students and fellows as well as visitors to engage with each other and also to meet and engage with the wider world. Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher. Photos / Images by Hufton + Crow and Luke Hayes.
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