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Modern Architecture in Lebanon: Collège Protestant Français

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Collège Protestant Français

1955-1956

Michel Ecochard

In October 1953, Ecochard was commissioned to design the building by Louise Wegman, the Director of the School, an enlightened educator who had in mind a progressive school program and wanted a modern complex to serve it.

Lebanese contractor, engineer Fayez el Ahdab, can be considered as the partner of Ecochard in the success of the operation, managing to deliver a well-finished construction in one year.

The composition of volumes, largely open to the gardens, is governed by the “golden rule” a proportion system codified by the “Modulor” set by architect Le Corbusier.

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While polychromy is mostly used inside to identify the various classrooms, and in the pathway leading to the science classrooms, a play of sunscreens in “béton brut” animates the south-oriented façade finished with bush-hammered plaster and white paint.

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Arab Center for Architecture

Undeniably the most playful design is reserved for the kindergarten ramp with a landing resting on stilt columns and lit by punched holes with colored glass.

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During renovation, the school underwent transformations.

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