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Modern architecture in Lebanon: Carlton Hotel (3/12)

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Carlton Hotel


Karol Schayer, Wassek Adib and Bahij Makdisi

When the Carlton Hotel was built, the corniche by the sea had hardly started to develop. The building was undoubtedly responsible for much of the urbanization that followed in the area. The design parti offered 140 rooms with uninterrupted view to the Mediterranean through openings running from wall to wall and floor to ceiling.

A 2.6m deep loggia prolonged the room outside. The elegant hotel had very spacious reception and dining areas all facing the outdoor terrace where the memorable kidney shape pool witnessed hundreds of weddings and other venues. The demolition of the hotel in 2008, considered by many as a big loss, triggered a renewed consciousness about the need to preserve modern heritage.

Arab Center for Architecture
Arab Center for Architecture
Arab Center for Architecture
Arab Center for Architecture


  • Yasmin Cheema


    March 12, 2018

    Shame… shame!! This magnificent Modern architecture is now replaced by an ugly bldg. With no spirit or soul… Shame!

    March 7, 2018
  • Yasmin cheema


    March 5, 2018