Beirut City History Museum
The Tell Site represents the ancient past. The Martyrs’ Square represents the recent past. Both are about Beirut’s history and memory. The continuity in-between is essential to the integrity of the whole scheme.
The concept is about one site and one vision, with the Beirut City Museum as a threshold in-between.
The project seeks to re-establish the historical role of Martyrs’ Square; including The Beirut City Museum and the Tell Site, as a unifying place and a destination.
The site appears as a continuous archeological excavation. The new Museum will be inhabiting the excavation, providing exhibition spaces open to the exterior archeological park.
Permeability and transparency are crucial to preserve the view from the Martyrs’ Square axis towards the sea. Creating a pedestrian-friendly area, around the Museum, is a very important human and urban design aspect. As a natural extension of the Martyrs’ Square, a new public piazza open to the city will take place in front of the museum.
As part of Beirut’s history, the project seeks some navigation and nautical inspiration. Like a lighthouse or a lantern, a light cube of glass inhabits the heart of the project watching the sea, keeping an eye on the archeology.
Transparency, Luminosity, and Lightness will be used to achieve a very subtle relationship between Archeology, Nature and Technology with respect to the environment and the urban rules.
Client: Solidere/The Lebanese Ministry of Culture
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects
in collaboration with Fouad Menem Consultants & Partners (Beirut)