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Meet The Lebanese-French Architect With Impressive Work Around The World

The Lebanese people are known for their innovations, skillfulness, and imaginativeness. Of the many Lebanese architects, one of them stands out with her creativeness.

The Lebanese-French architect, Annabel Karim Kassar, grew major expertise in Architecture and Interior Design after founding her practice in Paris in 1994.

The French-born architect has been credited for her breathtaking work, especially in Lebanon’s capital. In the 1990s, she was the winner of a competition aimed at reconstructing Beirut’s souks.

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Her architectural work range from Almaz by Momo, a restaurant in the UAE, and numerous residential, commercial, industrial, and hospitality projects in many countries.

Along with AKK’s architectural practice, Annabel Karim Kassar has also created Caï-light, a company dedicated to Lighting Design.

Now operating in Beirut, Dubai, and London, AKK’s architecture firm is responsible for many stunning venues, such as Strange Fruit and Bali-Balima in Beirut.

The Lebanese-French architect who worked on many projects in Lebanon and UAE is most famous for her work for the Al Zorah pavilion and a Golf club in Ajman, UAE.

Camera Chiara / Annabel Karim Kassar – Nicolo Lanfranchi

Kassar also designed the Lebanese pavilion in London’s design biennale and created a Beirut-inspired streetscape, including a small cinema, and a barber shop, which earned Annabel a top prize at the biennale.

After the Beirut blast, the Lebanese architect worked on restoring the Bayt K façade, which inspired an exhibition in the prestigious V&A Museum in London, where the architect curated an installation aimed at honoring the historical architecture of Beirut.

Related: Exhibition At The V&A Museum In London Honors Beirut’s Historical Architecture.

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