Libraire Orientale Bookshop & Head Office

Sin el Fil, Lebanon

Client: Mr. Maroun Nehme
Status: Built 1996

The bookshop aims to offer customers a pleasant shopping experience as well as house cultural events. The concrete structure of a former warehouse constituted the main skeleton of the bookshop.

In response to the adjacent industrial neighborhood, the main strategy was to design a sober volume on the outside in contrast with a very colorful interior.

The project is inwardly designed to open up to a central courtyard that can accommodate a café. The courtyard may also act as an arena for cultural events. Natural Daylight piercing through a translucent canopy adds an outdoor feel to the courtyard.

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