Zaha Hadid Architects completes Lebanese building
Designers lifted half the building off the ground
Zaha Hadid Architects has completed a building for the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, which will host discussions on subjects of importance across the Arab world.
The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) cantilevers out over a public courtyard and a series of elevated pathways.
To retain the landscaping of the university’s masterplan, the designers lifted half the building off the ground.
It has a public plaza at the entrance, described by the studio as "a forum for the exchange of ideas".
"The building emerges from the geometries of intersecting routes as a series of interlocking platforms and spaces for research, engagement and discourse," said Zaha Hadid Architects.
"The building takes full advantage of the region's tradition and expertise of working with in-situ concrete.”