World famous architect Zaha Hadid designed The Issam Fares Institute for the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. The building, which provides a forum for debating public policy and international affairs as they pertain to the Arab world, features a cantilevered design over a public courtyard.
Hadid lifted half of the building off the ground, creating a public plaza at its entrance. She explains, "The building emerges from the geometries of intersecting routes as a series of interlocking platforms and spaces for research, engagement and discourse."
The concrete structure features walls depressed with curvaceous, multi-dimensional shapes, which have a double-function as windows. Inside, the lower level of the building accommodates a concave auditorium that seats 100. Meanwhile, the rest of the building contains workshops and research areas separated by glass partitions to retain visibility.
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