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Modern Architecture in Lebanon: Arida Building

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Arida Building

1949-1951

Rais, Canaan and Erdekian

This is one of the finest apartment buildings of the early 1950s in Beirut with its siting, apartments layout, massing, materials, and detail refinement. The architects took full advantage of a difficult triangular site with a T-shaped building under which they created a pedestrian path linking the two adjoining streets in the Sanayeh district.

Arab Center for Architecture Arida Building
Arab Center for Architecture

The inventive exposed blocks made of cast stone, a cement-based material with limestone aggregate as primary constituent, are designed as a sophisticated kit-system in which wall blocks, sills, lintels, jambs, and other architectonic elements are manufactured in special shapes.

Arab Center for Architecture
Arab Center for Architecture

A hierarchy in the reading of the large structure, thus reducing its impact, is achieved by a skillful composition of volumes and finishes in which the aggregate blocks and surfaces of red bricks are combined with striped and textured plaster.

Arab Center for Architecture
Arab Center for Architecture

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