Within the one million square meter grounds, the Oscar Niemeyer-designed structures rise above the low buildings surrounding the complex – a sweeping arch, overlooking an outdoor theater, a massive dome, designed to be a convention center, an elevated concrete water tank, which was meant to have a panoramic restaurant situated on the top, there are 20,000 meter square of enclosed space and an additional 20,000 of open space adjacent to it. A total of 15 buildings make up the Fair, and all of them today remain empty, some still incomplete.
A new building, radical in composition but respectful of its traditional context, “floats” above an exterior courtyard.
Artist and founder of the Beirut Art Residency, Amar A Zahr explains the importance of dialogue between artists and how residencies leave their imprint in the local community.
Fashion designer Lara Khoury on her latest collection LK Beirut and Lebanon as a driving force for creativity.
As one of the few prominent Lebanese rock bands out there, Scrambled Eggs and Charbel Haber have effectively blazed a trail of empowerment and inspiration through the region. With an agenda of Rock, the Lebanese and Middle Eastern community can enjoy a strong ally in the cause of music and creativity.
Come for the skiing, stay for the lahm baajine
Earning his education in Paris, Beirut-based Karim Bekdache looked to influence the region’s creative landscape with his own brand of architecture. Starting Karim Bekdache studio, he looks to re-appropriate vintage design through his own eyes.