House of Arts and Culture

New York | 35,000 sf | Competition - Institution


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The House of Arts and Culture (the Lebanese-Omani Centre) was a competition put out by the Lebanese government seeking proposals for a space of cultural and artistic production. The House of Arts and Culture was to be an independent space contributing to social communication and cultural expansion, promoting creativity in different fields of art and culture. The site for the House of Arts and Culture was highly visible by a highway and was to be a symbol for the city. Our entry hinged on a dominant large overhanging roof. The large overhanging roof would be symbolic of protection of free communication and arts. The roof would be digital below and thus visible as a cultural billboard to drivers.  Below the roof, a series of open and closed terraces would serve as flexible art display spaces. Spontaneous congregation was a driving force in the design.