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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport in Beirut, Lebanon by 109 architectes

 
June 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 109 architectes

This new campus takes a contextual approach, integrating physically, culturally, and historically with Beirut’s urban tissue.  Conceptually an urban block with sculpted voids, the building’s hollow spaces define six autonomous blocks and construct multiple viewpoints across Beirut, connecting students to their dynamic setting.  The voids also generate a street-level meeting space, which flows fluidly to the top floor in the form of a massive staircase.

Rendering (Images Courtesy Patrick Helou)

  • Architect: 109 architectes
  • Project: USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Client: USJ – Université Saint-Joseph
  • Built-Up Area: 57,000 m2
  • Budget: $33,000,000
  • Photos: 109 architectes
  • Renders: Patrick Helou

Night View (Images Courtesy 109 architectes)

  • Year: 2005 – 2011
  • Status: Under construction
  • Project Type: Educational
  • Partner in charge: Ibrahim Berberi
  • Architect in charge: Nada Assaf
  • Team: Rani Boustani, Etienne Nassar, Emile Khayat, Naja Chidiac, Richard Kassab in collaboration with Youssef Tohmé
  • Structural Consultant: BET Rodolphe Mattar
  • Mechanical Consultant: Ibrahim Mounayar
  • Electrical Consultant: Georges Chamoun
  • Control Bureau: Apave

Place (Images Courtesy Patrick Helou)

It concludes at a landscaped terrace overlooking the city.  Light is a vital element in oriental architecture and one that shapes its style and identity; the campus exposes alternate light qualities through Moucharabieh-inspired perforations and a polycarbonate volume.  Such manipulation presents a striking contrast in filtered light and luminescence.  A stylized random-opening treatment is a snapshot of the Lebanese War, lending a poetic glimpse into the reality of destruction and violence.

Rendering (Images Courtesy Patrick Helou)

Rendering (Images Courtesy Patrick Helou)

Side View (Images Courtesy 109 architectes)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy 109 architectes)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy 109 architectes)

Side View (Images Courtesy 109 architectes)

Construction (Images Courtesy 109 architectes)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy 109 architectes)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy 109 architectes)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy 109 architectes)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy 109 architectes)

Amphitheatre (Images Courtesy Patrick Helou)

Facade (Images Courtesy Patrick Helou)

Facade (Images Courtesy Patrick Helou)

Facade (Images Courtesy Patrick Helou)

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