House of Arts & Culture – Beyrouth, Lebanon
Our Minister of Culture announced on Monday that an Italian architect, Alberto Catalano, has won the bid to design Beyrouth’s Arts and Culture House to be located in downtown Beyrouth.
“The idea of the Culture House in Beyrouth’s Centre-Ville is an old dream,” Tamam Salam said during his press conference at Forum de Beyrouth.
He described the planned building to be a space for exhibitions and displays with halls adorned with art and items of cultural significance. The building will also include the National Cinema Library and public-friendly areas such as reception rooms, shopping areas, and a food court.
Salam thanked, among others, Prime Minister Fouad Saniora for his support of “the embodiment of this dream” and Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman for his contribution of $20 million to the project.
Alberto Catalano’s team received a $75,000 prize and will get a commission to complete the project. The Arts and Culture House is expected to be completed in 2013.
A panel of international jurors, assigned to judge the competition, received 753 initial entries from 63 countries, and 388 official project submissions.
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