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

Photography: Ed Reeve

The Lebanese-French architect, Annabel Karim Kassar, has set a new installation at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London.

“The Lebanese House: Saving a Home, Saving a City” reflects on her mission to showcase the restoration of Beirut’s historical buildings after the Beirut Blast, especially the restoration of Bayt K, one of the few remaining Ottoman homes in Gemmayzeh, Beirut.

BAYT K – Colombe Clier

To honor the historical architecture of Beirut and of the 19th Century Bayt K, which the architect’s studios AKK recently restored, the Lebanese architect has created a replica of its façade.

Photography: Ed Reeve

Visitors can be transported to Beirut when visiting the installation, as the artist is showcasing interpretations of the salon and entryway of the Lebanese residence.

While roaming around the exhibition, visitors can also take a seat in the mini auditorium to watch a series of films highlighting the physical and social effects of the Beirut port explosion and its effects on the city’s architecture.

Photography: Ed Reeve

“The Lebanese House: Saving a home, Saving a city” will be on display until August 21, 2022, at the V&A Museum, from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm (Architecture Landing, Room 127, V&A South Kensington – Free event).

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