A new hybrid – at once public and private, iconic and generic, large and small – WORKac’s design for the Beirut Museum of Art borrows from the modernist vernacular of the city to propose a more open model for the contemporary museum. The design rethinks the envelope of the museum using the balcony as a space for renewed architectural invention and openness. Traditionally, Beirut’s balconies provided shade as well as a mediating space between inside and outside, the street and the private house. For the museum, these reinvented balconies become a series of outdoor galleries in a multitude of scales and shapes, acting independently of the flexible museum floors inside, and creating a new gradient of publicly accessible spaces.
Beirut Museum of Art Beirut, Lebanon 2016 Principals: Amale Andraos + Dan Wood Project Architect: Marizio Bianchi Mattioli Project Team: Mia Baraka, Nevin Blum, Yongsu Choung, Robert Boyuan Jiang, Alana Rogers, Thomas Smith, Tommaso Sordon, Easan Wang, Bo Zhang Structural: Werner Sobeck MEP: Werner Sobeck