Renovation of the Niemeyer guest house, Tripoli

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June 7, 2022

Design of 20th century Lebanese buildings by a modernist Brazilian architect

Central courtyard with glazed partitions:
Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House, Tripoli, Lebanon

Cemal Emden Pictures

Renovation of the Niemeyer guesthouse in Tripoli

Designed in 1962 by famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer but abandoned on the verge of completion when civil war broke out in 1975, the Rachid Karami International Fair in Lebanon was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. .

View of the horizontal concrete structure with a facade without windows:
Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House, Tripoli, Lebanon

One of its 15 pavilions, the guest house was chosen to be transformed into a design platform and production facility promoting Tripoli’s long-established, pioneering but recently declining timber industry.

Central atrium surrounded by the exhibition space, where samples of furniture are tested and made available to the public:
Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House, Tripoli, Lebanon

Informed by examination of similar but completed Niemeyer projects, the interventions – all reversible – primarily include: the addition of flexible, transparent steel and glass partitions that echo the rhythmic structural grid of the ceiling; concealment of structural elements behind locally sourced plywood panels; and the introduction of electro-mechanical features, including bespoke lighting again based on the ceiling grid.

Designed as an open production laboratory, the workshop and its auxiliary technical rooms infiltrate towards the west wing of the building:
Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House, Tripoli, Lebanon

The fluid and cyclical program leads smoothly from the reception area to the materials library, the co-working space and the workshop.

Outdoor space:
Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House, Tripoli, Lebanon

The project has strengthened the industry’s presence nationally and internationally and has stimulated work on a site-wide conservation plan.

Defined by a series of lightweight steel and glass panels registering the rhythmic structural grid of the ceiling, the new flexible partition allows all functions to seamlessly connect to each other and to the central courtyard beyond:
Renovation of the Niemeyer guesthouse, a modern building in Lebanon

From the outside, an asphalt concrete pathway discreetly leads visitors to the entrance of the building:
Renovation of the Niemeyer guesthouse, a modern building in Lebanon

Renovation of Niemeyer Guest House Tripoli – Building information

Award Cycle: 2020-2022 Cycle
Status: preselected

Renovation of the Niemeyer guesthouse, a modern building in Lebanon

Location: Tripoli, Lebanon
Client: Expertise France
Architect: East Architecture Studio / Nicolas Fayad, Charles Kettaneh
Completed: 2018
Country of origin: Lebanon

Photographs: Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden (photographer)

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2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlist

Renovation of the Niemeyer guest house, pictures of the building in Tripoli / information received 020622 from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture – AKAA

Previously on e-architect:

Jan 9, 2019

Tripoli International Fair Building by Oscar Niemeyer

Design: Architect Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil

The battle to save the Tripoli International Fair in Lebanon

Tripoli Fairgrounds by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer:
Tripoli Exhibition Center by Oscar Niemeyer
photograph courtesy of Styliane Philippou

Tripoli International Fair by Oscar Niemeyer

February 4, 2016

Tripoli International Fair by architect Oscar Niemeyer

Design: Oscar Niemeyer Architect

Tripoli International Fair, Lebanon

Oscar Niemeyer

The forgotten exhibition center was renamed in honor of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karameh.

Taken inside one of the buildings of the complex designed by Oscar Niemeyer in Tripoli, Lebanon. Construction was halted in 1975 when the Civil War began:

Uploaded May 19, 2011 by The Velvet Rocket TV

Rashid Karami International Fair by Oscar Niemeyer:
Tripoli International Fair by Niemeyer
photo courtesy www.greekarchitects.gr

The site has been on the World Monuments Fund’s biennial Watch List for a decade.

Tripoli International Fair by Oscar Niemeyer
photo courtesy www.greekarchitects.gr

Ref. Tripoli International Fair by Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer’s International Fair in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, was supposed to be the foundation of a new district of the city, but civil war intervened and it was never finished.

International Fair Rashid Karami Tripoli by Oscar Niemeyer

In 1962, Oscar Niemeyer was commissioned to build an International Fair in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, but it remained unfinished when civil war broke out in 1975.

Rashid Karami International Fair by Oscar Niemeyer

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