Samir Kassir Square - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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Samir Kassir Square

Samir Kassir Square

Location: Beirut, Lebanon (West Asia)
Architect: Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture
Client: Solidere
Completed: 2004
Site size: 815 m²

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Samir Kassir Square Project Brief

Square Four Public Garden acts as a gateway to the Central District of Beirut. Its composition revolves around the framing and highlighting of two ancient ficus trees that ‘have withstood the test of time and witnessed all that has passed before them’. A raised pool, lined with pebbles of marble, introduces a contemplative element, creating a sense of quiet refuge on a small site surrounded by buildings.

2007 Award Recipients