HOUSE OF ARTS & CULTURE
September-December 2008 | Studio Instructors Dan Wood & Amale Andraos
The competition brief for the House of Arts
& Culture called for an arts center that would
encourage the increasingly active arts scene in
Beirut, and provide an international platform
for Lebanese artists.
This project developed out of the extension
of a traditional Arabic patterning system into
three dimensions, forming a lattice that was
used for both the plan arrangements and
facade patterning, the scale of which was
controlled by attractor points.
By uniting the facade patterning with the plan
arrangements, the project developed as a set
of stacked, folded fl oor plates, whose inclined
surfaces correspond to the lines of the facade
pattern unifying space, structure and form in
one overarching system.