contextual approach in Facade | 109 architectes

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport, B 

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © Patrick Helou

Site Plan Site Plan

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © Patrick Helou

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © Patrick Helou

Site Plan Site Plan

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © Patrick Helou

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © Patrick Helou

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © Patrick Helou

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © Patrick Helou

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © Patrick Helou

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © Patrick Helou

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © Patrick Helou

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © 109 architectes

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © 109 architectes

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © 109 architectes

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © 109 architectes

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © 109 architectes

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © 109 architectes

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © 109 architectes

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © 109 architectes

USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 architectes © 109 architectes

Architects: 109 architectes
Location: 
Client: Université Saint-Joseph (USJ)
Partner in Charge: Ibrahim Berberi
Architect in Charge: Nada Assaf TEAM: Rani Boustani, Etienne Nassar, Emile Khayat, Naja Chidiac, Richard Kassab
Project Area: 57,000 sqm
Photographs: 109 architectes

This new campus takes a contextual approach, integrating physically, culturally, and historically with ’s urban tissue. Conceptually an urban block with sculpted voids, the building’s hollow spaces define six autonomous blocks and construct multiple viewpoints across , connecting students to their dynamic setting.

The voids also generate a street-level meeting space, which flows fluidly to the top floor in the form of a massive staircase. It concludes at a landscaped terrace overlooking the city.

Light is a vital element in oriental architecture and one that shapes its style and identity; the campus exposes alternate light qualities through Moucharabieh-inspired perforations and a polycarbonate volume. Such manipulation presents a striking contrast in filtered light and luminescence. A stylized random-opening treatment is a snapshot of the Lebanese War, lending a poetic glimpse into the reality of destruction and violence.

http://www.archdaily.com/136645/in-progress-usj-campus-de-l%E2%80%99innovation-et-du-sport-109-architectes/

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