An exceptional and graceful survivor in Beirut. Stone Garden by Lina Ghotmeh

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Collaborators
Structures.- CODE Consultants and Designers. Electrical/mechanical.- AME. Architect of record.- Batimat Architects. Vertical transport.- Habib Srour.
Client
RED sal.
Developer
Pegel Lebanon.
Area
6,413 m².
Program
Logements, Galerie,Café / Centre Mina pour l'Image au Moyen Orient.
Dates
2011. Completion date.- April 2020.
Sources
Curtain Wall.- Gutmann. Metal Doors.- Anicolor. Elevators.- Fujitec (passenger); MP (vehicle).
Photography
Iwan Baan.

Lina Ghotmeh

Lina Ghotmeh. Born in Beirut in 1980, she grew up in this millenary and cosmopolitan city marked by the stigmata of war. If she wanted to become an archaeologist, her studies at the Department of Architecture at the American University of Beirut, led her to question the traces, the memory, the space and the landscape differently by developing her projects with a profoundly sustainable approach. to the approach, according to its terms, of an "Archeology of the future". After graduating with the Azar and Areen awards, Lina continues her training at the Special School of Architecture in Paris where she becomes an associate professor between 2008 and 2015.

It is in London that she collaborates with Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Foster & Partners and that she wins, in 2005, the international competition of the National Estonian Museum. At this event, she co-founded the agency D.G.T Architects in Paris and leads, then with its partners Dorell and Tane, this great National Museum to its realization. Hailed unanimously by the international press and prestigiously awarded (Grand Prix Afex 2016, nominated for the Van der Rohe Award 2017), the museum has become emblematic of avant-garde architecture combining relevance and beauty of the gesture.

The approach of Lina Ghotmeh, imbued with extreme sensitivity, testifies in each of his proposals of his visionary vision and his libertarian spirit like the projects noticed: Really Masséna (winner of Réinventons Paris) or the complex of the El Khoury Stone Garden Foundation in Beirut.

With its multicultural experiences and strong involvement in the issues of his time, the architect is regularly invited to speak at conferences, juries or workshops in France and abroad. She is distinguished by several prizes including the Ajap prize in 2008, the Dejean prize from the 2016 Academy of Architecture.

By Christine Blanchet, Journalist, Art Historian
Photograph © Hannah Assouline
 
Lina Ghotmeh leads her practice Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture, a critically acclaimed, international firm of architects, designers, and researchers based in Paris. She carries her works in the world at the crossroad of Art, Architecture & Design. Echoing her lived experience of Beirut – a palimpsest of unrest – her designs are orchestrated as an "Archeology of the Future" where every project emerges in complete symbiosis with nature following a thorough historical and materially sensitive research investigation.

Ghotmeh’s projects include the Estonian National Museum (Grand Prix Afex 2016 & Mies Van Der Rohe Nominee); ‘Stone Garden’, crafted tower and gallery spaces in Beirut (Dezeen 2021 Architecture of the year Award), Lebanon; ‘Réalimenter Masséna’ wooden tower dedicated to sustainable food culture in Paris (laureate of Paris’ call for innovative projects), France; Ateliers Hermès in Normandy, first passive low carbon workshops building, in  France; Wonderlab exhibition in Tokyo and Beijing & Les Grands Verres for the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.

She is Louis I Khan 2021 visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture in United States and Gehry Chair 2021–22 at the University of Toronto, Canada. She co-presides the Scientific Network for architecture in extreme climates and is was a member of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022 Jury. Among Prizes, she was awarded in 2021 the 2020 Schelling Architecture Prize, has received the 2020 Tamayouz ‘Woman of Outstanding Achievement’, the French Fine Arts Academy Cardin Award 2019, the Architecture Academy Dejean Prize 2016 and the French Ministry of Culture Award in 2008.

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