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Hala Wardé and HW Architecture Win Competition to Design Beirut Museum of Art

Lebanon’s Beirut Museum of Art has announced that HW Architects, led by Hala Wardé, has been selected to design the new institution, which is slated to open in 2020.

The design features a four-hundred-foot-high central campanile tower that will have space for workshops, performances, and artists-in-residence. The museum will also boast a public garden, where site-specific installations will be installed, and an amphitheater.

Chaired by Peter Palumbo, also the chairman of the Pritzker Prize for architecture, the jury consisted of curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Dame Julia Peyton-Jones; architects George Arbid, Farès el-Dahdah, Rodolphe El-Khoury, Rem Koolhaas, and Lord Richard Rogers; artist Lamia Joreige; and APEAL president Henrietta Nammour. Zaha Hadid was also active on the jury before her recent death.

In a statement, the jury said that the design was selected for “the way it creates a succession of varied landscapes and spaces where art and society can come together. The connections between garden, amphitheater, exhibition spaces, and roof garden have been well considered and offer a continuous visitor experience that lends itself to both exhibiting art and engaging with the community.”