The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) announces a shortlist for the architectural design competition to build a new modern and contemporary art museum in the heart of Beirut, Lebanon. The 13 selected architects and design teams are invited to move on to the second stage of the competition, with a winner to be announced Fall 2016. Situated on a historic and symbolic site across from the National Museum in the center of Beirut, the yet-to-be-named museum is one of the most significant developments for Lebanese art and culture in a generation.
Stage one of the competition was open to architects of Lebanese origin from around the globe. Following a careful review of 66 submissions from 16 countries, an expert jury selected 13 firms that will proceed to stage two of the competition. Reflecting a highly accomplished selection of award-winning architects, the firms on the shortlist have collectively completed significant projects in Algeria, Austria, Canada, China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Gabon, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The shortlist includes the following firms, listed in alphabetical order:
- 109 Architectes
- Bernard Khoury / DW5
- Hashim Sarkis Studios, LLC
- HW architecture
- ibda design
- IDC / Verner Johnson / ETEC SA
- L.E.FT Architects
- Lina Ghotmeh / DGT Architects
- Najjar Najjar Architect
- Raed Abillama Architects / Nadim Khattar
- WORK Architecture Company (WORKac)
- Yatsu Chahal Architects (YCa) / Said Jazari Consulting Office (SJCO)
- Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates (YTAA)
The submissions for stage one were strong and varied; we were impressed to see such remarkable and qualified talent engage with the concept of the museum. The finalist will be an exceptional architect who identifies with the project values and understands the significance of designing a cultural institution in the current urban, social, economic and political context of the country and region,
– remarks Lord Peter Palumbo, chair of the competition’s jury.
The museum is envisioned as a multidisciplinary hub of art and design dedicated to showcasing modern and contemporary Lebanese culture. Set to open in 2020, its collections and program are being developed with the aim of bringing together diverse populations and narratives from the region and beyond. The site, which is owned by University Saint-Joseph in Beirut, challenges the architect to consider how the museum’s design can actively integrate with the surrounding environment.
The competition’s independent jury of renowned international and regional experts is chaired by Lord Peter Palumbo, Chair of the Pritzker Prize, and included Lord Richard Rogers, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Rodolphe Khoury, Lamia Joreige, Fares Al Dahdah and George Arbid.
The shortlisted architects will be invited to envision strategies for the site and develop a functional and adaptable concept scheme design for the museum, along with technical and commercial elements. The jury, which also includes representatives from APEAL and University Saint-Joseph, will select the winning proposal in Fall 2016.