USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport

109 architectes
Beirut, Lebanon
57,000 sqm
2005-2012

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Located in Beirut, the ‘USJ campus de l’innovation et du sport’ by Lebanese practice 109 architectes is nearing completion. Integrated into the urban fabric, this new campus seeks to unify architecture with the immediate surroundings teeming with culture and history. Carved from an urban block, hollow voids lead to a central gathering space while a large stair receives and circulates students vertically into the building. The stair’s terminus leads to a landscaped terrace with uninterrupted views of the city encouraging students to connect with their environment.

02Front facade and central exterior gathering area

Light, a vital component of oriental architecture, plays an important role in the design of the facade. The skin, composed of small ‘moucharabieh-inspired’ perforations, allows both direct light and ambient luminescence to penetrate into the interior spaces creating whimsical patterns. The openings also serve as portals into the urban fabric providing glimpses of the destruction left from the Lebanese war, serving as a reminder of their significant landscape.

03Entrance to stairs

 

04Façade

 

05Central stairs

 

06Walkways connecting campus building

 

07Walkways connecting buildings from below

 

08View of building from walkway

 

09Façade details

 

10Façade details

 

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(Left) grand stair leading to central gathering area
(Right) bottom of grand stairs in central gathering area

 

Project Information:

Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Client: Université Saint-Joseph (USJ)
Year: 2005-2011
Status: under construction
Team: Ibrahim Berberi,  Nada Assaf, Rani Boustani, Etienne Nassar, Emile Khayat, Naja Chidiac, Richard Kassab. In collaboration with architect Youssef Tohmé
Structural consultant: B.E.T. Rodolphe Mattar
Mechanical Consultant: Ibrahim Mounayar
Electrical Consultant: Georges Chamoun
Control Bureau: Apave

12Central gathering area

 

13Covered gathering area viewing auditorium

 

14Auditorium viewing covered gathering area

 

15Light patterns generated by facade

 

16View of campus

 

17Site plan

 

18Floor plan

 

19Section

 

20Elevation

 

21Elevation

 

22Sectional light study

 

Photos courtesy of 109 architectes

 

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