Oscar Niemeyer’s Forgotten Masterpiece

In 1963 Oscar Niemeyer was awarded the commission for the Tripoli Fairgrounds in Lebanon.  Work on the 10,000 hectacre site was halted in 1975 when the civil war erupted.  Today the grounds are quasi public, with a solitary guard manning a low metal gate.  Typical of much of Niemeyer’s work, the outlying reinforced concrete structures … Continue reading

B018: Bernard Khoury

Beirut’s most legendary club is literally underground, on the site of the Karantina massacre.  Bernard Khoury, a native of Beirut, knows his city’s history well, having lived through the civil war that raged from 1975-1990.  His first built project was an immediate success, it’s subterranean metaphor not lost on the throngs of Beirutis flocking to … Continue reading

Le Gray Hotel, Beirut

Beirut has been in the process of rebuilding for twenty years.  Once known as the “Paris of the Middle East,” the city’s center was gutted by fifteen years of civil war that dragged on until 1990.  From the ashes of downtown was born Solideire, a mixed-use development of tony addresses fathered by Rafiq Hariri.  Had … Continue reading