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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.

Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairsat at American University in Beirut, Lebanon by Zaha Hadid Architects

 
June 15th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) building by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) continues the on-going implementation of the 2002 AUB Campus Master Planby Sasaki Associates(in collaboration with Machado and Silvetti, MGT of America, and Dar Al-Handasa, Shair and Partners)to advance the university’s academic mission in the 21st Century with facilities of the highest international standards.

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  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairsat
  • Location: American University in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Photography: Hufton + Crow, Luke Hayes
  • University President: Dr Peter Dorman
  • Facilities for Design & Planning Unit Director: Bassem Baroumi
  • IFI Project Manager: Alain Eid
  • Director:Dr Rami Khouri
  • Design:  Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
  • ZHA Project Architect: Saleem A. Jalil
  • ZHA Project Team: Christos Passas, Saleem A. Jalil, Graham Modlen, Human Talebi, Brandon Buck,MiyaUshida
  • ZHA Competition team: Saleem A. Jalil, RokhsanaRakhshani, Teakjin Kim, Ben Holland, CharbelChagoury, AnasYounes, Fulvio Wirtz, Mariagrazia Lanza, Renata Dantas.
  • Local Architect: Rafik El Khoury& Partners (Hazar Mansour, Roger Skaff)
  • Structural Engineering: Rafik El Khoury& Partners (Rafik El Khoury, Georges Sfeir, MayaCharry, Guy Ghosn, Roger Skaff)
  • Mechanical Engineering: ZEF London (DD stage) /Rabih. Rafik El Khoury& Partners(IssamMourrad)
  • Electrical Engineering: Rafik El Khoury& Partners (Karim Nammar)
  • Acoustic Consultant:Rafik El Khoury& Partners (WassimSader)

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  • Contract Administrator:Rafik El Khoury&Partners  (Roger Skaff, ZeinaBouMikhael)
  • Project Director:BahzadChoubassi
  • Site Manager: Elie Awaad
  • Project Coordinator: Sabine Choubassi, AssemSoubra
  • Mechanical Coordinator:Georges Saade
  • MEP Subcontractor: CLIMTECH
  • Structural Engineers [Post-Tension]:Darweesh Haddad

Dimensions

  • Total site area: 7,000m2
  • New exterior spaces: 4,000m2
  • Total floor area: 3,000m2
  • Auditorium capacity: 100 seats
  • Floors: 6
  • Maximum height: 22m
  • Length of cantilever: 21 m

Construction Data

  • Total surface of fair-faced concrete: 6,000 m2
  • Total surface area of glazing: 800 m2
  • Concrete cast in-situ: 4,200 m3
  • Total Steel used for structure: 800kg
  • Employees on site: 90 (builders &technicians) for 1,100 days
  • Total working hours: 500,000 hours
Image Courtesy © Luke Hayes

Image Courtesy © Luke Hayes

The IFI was established as a neutral, dynamic, civil, and open space where people representing all viewpoints in society can gather and discuss significant issues, anchored in a long-standing commitment to mutual understanding and high quality research. The institute aims to harness, develop and initiate research of the Arab worldto enhance and broaden debate on public policy and international relations. It currently works on several programs addressing the region’s issues including the refugee crisis, climate change, food security, and water scarcity, youth, social justice and development, urbanism, and the UN in the Arab world.

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Image Courtesy © Luke Hayes

Relocating the infirmarycloser to the new university hospital presented AUB with the opportunity to build the institute on the constrained site with a 7 metredrop in elevation between its south and north boundaries.The existing AUB campus combines buildings constructed in concrete throughout the 20th Century in a variety of revivalist and modernist styles with different cladding and rendering treatments.

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Image Courtesy © Luke Hayes

In 2006, the competition jury selected ZHA’s proposal to build the new institute. The designsignificantly reduces the building’s footprint by ‘floating’ much of the IFI’s facilities above the entrancecourtyard to preserve the existing landscapeintegral to the 2002 master-plan, create a new public space for the campus,and establishlinks from the university’s Central Oval to theMiddle Campus and Mediterranean Sea to the north.

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The 3,000 sq. m. Issam Fares Institute building is defined by the many routes and connections withinAUB; interweavingthe pathways and viewswithin the campus to create a forum for the exchange of ideas – a centre of interaction and dialogue – at the heart of the university.

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The IFI design introduces new links between the Central Oval with the forested area of the Middle Campus and sea beyond. Existing Ficus and Cypress trees on the IFI site (aged between 120 and 180 years old) are integral to the design. The building emerges from the geometries of intersecting routes as a series of interlocking platforms and spaces for research, engagement and discourse.

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The institute invites the communityinsidevia the many connectionsand paths that converge at itsdouble-height entrancecourtyard. This new civic space for the university is a covered outdoor terrace and extension of the shaded area beneath the existing trees – a place for chance meetings and informal discussion – located at the nexus of pathways that traverse the site.

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A rampleadsbetween the trees to connect the research lounges on the second floor directly with the campus, while the first floor seminar room and officesare accessed at grade from the east and public courtyard to the west. These routes meetwithin the IFI to describetheatrium hall;establishing the institute as a crossroads – a central hub for students, faculty, researchers and visitors.

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TheIFI’s reading room, conference workshops and research rooms ‘float’ above the exterior courtyard. The 100-seat auditorium is on the lowest level with its own entrance to the north, enabling the institute to host larger conferences and presentations without disrupting students, fellows and researchers working throughout the building. Internal partitions arein ink-pigmented glass to enable communication and interaction.

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The building takes full advantage of the region’s tradition and expertise of working with in-situ concrete. Passive design measures, high efficiency active systems and recycled water technologies minimise the building’s impact on the local and wider environment.

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The IFI’s design builds upon the institute’s mission as a catalyst and connector between AUB, researchersand the global community. Routes, views and links within the campus converge to define the IFI asa three-dimensional intersection; a space for university’s students, fellows and visitors to meet, connect and engage with each other and the wider world.

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Image Courtesy © Luke Hayes

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Image Courtesy © Luke Hayes

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Image Courtesy © Luke Hayes

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