Project - SLU. University

  • LocationSouth Lebanon
  • Completion2016
  • Program115 Hectare

The university is centrally located in Southern Lebanon along the coastal highway. Such a location is easily accessible to commuting students as well as to the general public. It is to be a physical presence within the beautiful landscape of orchards and farms. There is a highway exit leading to the site, and a main road, which connects the site to the mountains of the east. The site overlooks the highway, and slopes up towards the mountains further east. This project seeks to create an academic environment, integral yet separate from the hospital and recreational facilities. To create a strong sense of presence from the start is of importance if the project is to be built in phases of use. The plan creates a new interpretation of the quad academic core, interested with pedestrian paths to create a tapestry of new technologies meshed with centuries’ old site and culture. The buildings flow out of the site and mesh back in to the landscape with the use of modern building materials and technologies. The circular quad and curving nature of the building themselves speak of the site as well as to the definitive and exact nature of the circle itself as seen in Islamic art and architecture. The campus is a mesh of the new, built upon centuries old principles in hopes of unfolding a brighter and better future for its residents. List of buildings:

  • Hospital
  • Medical school
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Drama and Auditorium
  • School of Business Administration
  • Welcome center
  • Housing towers
  • Sports centers
A university for the future education of the young minds of Lebanon should also be a cultural inspiration. Just as the master design of the campus was a reinterpretation of academic planning and Islamic pattern language, the building facades speak the same language of reinterpretation. Each of the buildings’ facades is a reflection of a new reinterpretation of an Islamic world of today. The patterns were pulled from Islamic tiles, the Arabic alphabet, Islamic geometric patterns, and other sources. Thus each building façade utilizes modern engineering practices in structure and materials-such as glass and concrete panels – to reinterpret and present the rich cultural heritage of the area.