Final blueprint is handed in for the Bilbao Museum of the Middle East

Architect Jean Nouvel has handed in the final blueprint for a commercial project that will be known as the Bilbao Museum of the Middle East.

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By  Rhys Jones Published  April 17, 2004

World renowned architect Jean Nouvel has handed in the final blueprint for a commercial project that will be known as the Bilbao Museum of the Middle East for its creative and unique design. The project, which is being planned by the company Landmark, will be located in Riad Solh square in Downtown Beirut. It will be made up of two low-level buildings that will not exceed 60-metres and one 155-meter, or 40 floor, tower-making it one of the tallest structures in Lebanon. Costing US $200 million the development will consist of a five-star hotel, furnished apartments for rent, luxurious apartments for sale, an 18 000 m2 mall, a cinema complex that can accommodate up to 1500 people, an amusement centre, a health club, a spa and a large underground parking facility. The total built-up area of the future landmark will reach 120 000 m2. The project is expected to create approximately 500 new jobs. “We hope to start construction work before the end of the year, as soon as we get the necessary permits for excavation and construction,” said assistant managing director for administration and construction at Landmark, Ziyad Ibrahim Alshaar. “And as soon as we start the work, we expect to finish building the future architectural icon of Lebanon and the Middle East within three years,” he added. Landmark has concluded several agreements with local and international companies to complete the development and construction of the project. These include local company Millennium, a French company specializing in glass, a British company for the commercial centre, another British company for the preliminary architectural studies and the local Khatib and Elmi company for the execution and mapping studies.

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