USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport

USJ Campus, Beirut - Lebanon, 109 Architectes

Construction year: 2011
Architect(s): 109 Architectes
Address: {33.8803167,35.5144899}
City/Town: BEIRUT
Country: Lebanon
Latitude/Longitude: 33.8803167, 35.5144899

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. 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.

Client: Université Saint-Joseph (USJ)
Project Area: 60,000 m2
Year: 2005-2011
Partner In Charge: Ibrahim Berberi
Architect In Charge: Nada Assaf
Team: Rani Boustani, Etienne Nassar, Emile Khayat, Naja Chidiac, Richard Kassab
Collaborators: In collaboration with Youssef Tohmé
Structural Consultant: B.E.T. Rodolphe Mattar
Mechanical Consultant: Ibrahim Mounayar
Electrical Consultant: Georges Chamoun
Control Bureau: Apave

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