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Modern Architecture in Lebanon: Starco Center (4/12) – March 12, 2018

Starco Building

1955-1961

Addor and Julliard

This office building and commercial center sits between Rue Georges Picot and Rue Rizkallah located at different levels with a connecting street, thus providing two shopping floors with stairs allowing for comfortable and uninterrupted strolling.

Two office towers, the higher one being square in plan, the lower one rectangular, are arranged in a compositional setting.

The center was undoubtedly high-tech by the time’s standards, fully air-conditioned, with state-of-the-art electrical and mechanical systems. The columns, clad with black sheets of glass, give a floating appearance to the white masses of the two office buildings. The uninterrupted horizontal bands of windows were made of double sheets of glass, with internal micro louvers screening, a device quite new at the time of construction.

Revue Monde Liban
Revue Monde Liban
Habib Sayah
Habib Sayah
Arab Center for Architecture
Arab Center for Architecture

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