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The new BLF headquarters moving towards realization: Snøhetta teams-up with local architect Nabil Gholam – April 6, 2017

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Following the selection of Norwegian-American renowned Snøhetta as the winner of the architecture competition for the construction of Banque Libano-Française’s (BLF) new headquarters in 2016, the Bank is pleased to announce that the project team is now complete.

In addition to the multidisciplinary international consultancy Buro Happold and the lighting consultant Bartenbach, Snøhetta and BLF have signed a cooperation agreement with the Lebanese studio of Nabil Gholam Architects (NGA) on February 20 in Oslo.

Continuing the work on Snøhetta’s competition-winning design proposal for the new headquarters, the team is now taking the conceptual design to the next level. Over the last months, archeological excavations have been carried out and geotechnical surveys are currently being executed.


We are excited to have such a strong team in place and see the project moving forward; I am confident that NGA will bring an undeniable contribution to the realization of Snohetta’s Magic Box in Beirut.

Raya Raphaël Nahas. General Manager of Banque Libano-Française


Through its many social spaces and connection to the surrounding city, the design of the new BLF headquarters aims to emphasize BLF’s strong, authentic and open personality, both within the building’s walls and externally.


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