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ISSAM FARES INSTITU

شنبه 17 اردیبهشت 1390 03:00 ب.ظ

نویسنده : مصطفی نصیری اوانکی
ارسال شده در: زاها حدید ،

ISSAM FARES INSTITUTE,
THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT

Beirut, Lebanon
2006–TBC


Render © Zaha Hadid Architects



PROGRAM:

Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs

CLIENT:
American University of Beirut (AUB)

CONCEPT:
The Issam Fares Institute (IFI) for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut is designed not only to attract students and academics but also to draw local, regional and international researchers, thinkers and policy makers. Their work projects and strategizes current and future policy decisions in Lebanon and the Middle East. Our proposal aims to reflect and facilitate that social and intellectual program.

The design approach accommodates the existing site landscape conditions which allow the IFI to function in a harmonious fashion. The building emerges fluidly from the geometry of the surrounding network of public paths as opposed to sitting on the land as an isolated object. The form of the building flows as an undulating extension of the site moving up to create different dynamic spaces and then vanishes back into the terrain. The gesture extends beyond the limitations of the site, creating a structure that is open and spacious – two qualities that rarely result from the construction of a confined building in a small site. The IFI can be accessed from two main public entrances. The West entrance gently ramps up to the second floor from grade level where the Directors office, Administration and Researchers Lounges are located. The East entrance leads to the first floor where the Conference/Workshop, break-out rooms and lounge spaces are situated. The Researchers’ offices and seminar rooms are located on the third floor and fourth floor. The entire fifth floor is the Reading Room and above that is a roof terrace that allows one to look out on to the surrounding landscape. The Auditorium and its related amenities are located underground creating a comfortable and quiet academic space. The third and fourth floors are connected via bridges through the atrium leading clearly to an escape core at each end of the building.

The two opposite entrances, partly interwoven, are strategically situated at the nexus of several primary circulation paths, one leading directly from the east while the other gently slopes cutting through the main atrium hall to the west. Thus, the atrium blurs the line between building and landscape. On the western side of the site, the sloping up of the ramp and stairs provides new outdoor spaces for AUB students to relax within the shaded confines of the existing preserved trees. These areas are magnified by the welcoming double height feature which in turn preserves and emphasises the lines of sight from the oval towards the sea to the north.

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Render © Zaha Hadid Architect


Render © Zaha Hadid Architect

ARCHITECT:
ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS
DESIGN: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
PROJECT ARCHITECT: Saleem Abdel Jalil
PROJECT TEAM: Graham Modlen, Human Talebi, Brandon Buck,
Miya Ushida

CONSULTANTS:
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: ARUP (London, UK), RELK & P (Beirut)
M&E: ZEF Ltd, RELK & P (Beirut)
ACOUSTIC: RELK & P
COST: RELK & P




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