Niemeyer Guest House Renovation, Modern Lebanon Building Photos, 20th Century Architecture, Architect Design
Niemeyer Guest House Renovation, Tripoli, Lebanon
7 June 2022
20th Century Lebanese Building design by Modernist Brazilian Architect
Photos by Cemal Emden
Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House in Tripoli
Designed in 1962 by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer but abandoned on the brink of completion when civil war erupted in 1975, the Rachid Karami International Fair in Lebanon was recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage tentative list.
One of its 15 pavilions, the Guest House was chosen to be transformed into a design platform and production facility promoting Tripoli’s long-established, pioneering but latterly declining wood industry.
Informed by examination of similar but completed Niemeyer projects, the interventions – all reversible – principally comprise: adding flexible, transparent steel-and-glass partitions that echo the ceiling’s rhythmic structural grid; concealing structural elements behind locally sourced plywood panelling; and introducing electro-mechanical features, including custom-made lighting again based on the ceiling grid.
The fluid, cyclical programme leads seamlessly from reception space to material library, co-working space and workshop.
The project has boosted the industry’s presence nationally and internationally, and spurred work on a conservation plan for the entire site.
Defined by a series of lightweight steel and glass panels registering the ceiling’s rhythmic structural grid, the new flexible partition allows for all functions to seamlessly connect to each other and to the central courtyard beyond:
Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House Tripoli – Building Information
Award Cycle: 2020-2022 Cycle
Location: Tripoli, Lebanon
Client: Expertise France
Architect: East Architecture Studio / Nicolas Fayad, Charles Kettaneh
Country of origin: Lebanon
Photographs: Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden (photographer)
Niemeyer Guest House Renovation, Tripoli building images / information received 020622 from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture – AKAA
Previously on e-architect:
9 Jan 2019
International Fair of Tripoli Building by Oscar Niemeyer
Design: Architect Oscar Niemeyer, Brasil
The battle to save the International Fair in Tripoli, Lebanon
4 Feb 2016
International Fair of Tripoli by Architect Oscar Niemeyer
Design: Oscar Niemeyer Architect
International Fair in Tripoli, Lebanon
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Taken inside one of the buildings within the complex designed by Oscar Niemeyer in Tripoli, Lebanon. Construction was halted in 1975 when the civil war started:
Uploaded on 19 May 2011 by The Velvet Rocket TV
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Oscar Niemeyer’s International Fair in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, was intended as the foundation of a new city quarter, but civil war intervened and it was never finished.
In 1962 Oscar Niemeyer was commissioned to build an International Fair in Tripoli, in northern Lebanon, but it was left unfinished when the civil war broke out in 1975.
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