A Museum in the Making, Beirut, Lebanon

We launches a design competition for the architectural planning and design of a new modern and contemporary art museum in Beirut.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Eol, Architect, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Museum
Country Beirut, Lebanon
Registration Deadline 4 January 2016 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 4 January 2016 (via Online)
Eligibility The architect or the architectural practice must have at least seven years' experience post-final professional qualifications.

The site for the Museum is centrally located in the heart of the city, at the site where the civil war's demarcation lines once stood, along two vital arteries that bring diverse communities together. The plot of land is owned by Université Saint Joseph (plot no. 4781 in Achrafieh). A long-term lease agreement has been signed with USJ for the development of the Museum on a portion of the plot, with future educational and residential facilities for the USJ campus to be developed on the remainder of the plot.
The project scope will include: 1) master planning of the overall site including USJ campus and 2) design of the modern and contemporary art museum on a portion of the site. The site has a total of 12,603 square meters, 2,780 sq. m. of which will be dedicated to the Museum. The site master plan will include new campus facilities for Université Saint Joseph a business center and the modern and contemporary art Museum with shared landscaped common areas and underground parking.

An independent jury of renowned international and local experts will be assembled, chaired by Lord Peter Palumbo, Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and includes: Zaha Hadid, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Rodolphe El Khoury, Lamia Joreige, Lord Richard Rogers, and Fares Al Dahdah, in addition to representatives from APEAL and Université Saint-Joseph.

Information on the project budget will be released at a later stage, and it will reflect the international standards for galleries and cultural places.

Entry Fee

Short list architects announcement: March 2016
Stage two: April- July 2016
Winner announcement: Fall 2016

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL)

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