Tarek Mitri, Minister of Culture of Lebanon, announced the launch of an international competition for the design of the House of Arts and Culture in Beirut city centre during the UIA General Assembly. In conformity with the UNESCO-UIA regulations, this project competition, open and anonymous, has been approved by the International Union of Architects. This landmark building is part of the reconstruction process of the Lebanese capital and will be realized with the support of the Sultanate of Oman.
Situated in the Ghalghoul district which was severely affected by the conflicts that occurred in Beirut, the future House of Arts and Culture will be built on a site of 3,785 square metres. This area of the city is in full expansion mode, where several prestigious buildings are being constructed by renowned Lebanese and foreign architects. Conceived as a dynamic and interactive centre, the program proposes a total of 15,901 square metres to include a vast range of spaces devoted to creativity, exchange, debate, education and cultural diffusion addressed to a diverse public of all ages.
The international jury is comprised of: the Minister of Culture of Lebanon or his representative; a representative of the Sultanate of Oman; Marwan Saleh representing the Lebanese Order of Engineers and Architects; a representative of Solidere (the Real Estate Company for Reconstruction and Development of Beirut Central District); Magda Hosam Eldin Mostafa, architect, Egypt, representing the UIA; Suha Ozkan, architect, Turkey; Momoyo Kajima, architect, Japan; Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno, architect, Spain; and Okwui Enwezor, Dean of Academic Affairs, Senior Vice-President, San Francisco Art Institute. Two deputy members will be appointed in the near future.
The deadline for registration is September 29, 2008, and the deadline for delivery or mailing entries is January 30, 2009. The deadline for receipt of posted projects is February 10, 2009. The jury will meet and announce the results over the period of March 16-20, 2009.
The competition is open to licenced architects practicing architecture in their country and multidisciplinary teams headed by an architect. The competition working languages are English and French. Registration will be made online on the competition website at www.darbayrut.org. The non-refundable registration fee of 250 USD may be paid online or by direct bank transfer.
The total prize money to be awarded is 90,000 USD to be apportioned as follows: 1st prize of 40,000 USD; 2nd prize of 30,000 USD; and 3rd prize of 20,000 USD.
For more information or to register, please visit http://houseofartsandculture.org.