This center for Arab studies and intercultural dialogue was designed by Fouad Samara architects and is the latest annex to the renowned University of Balamand in northern Lebanon. According to the designers, “in creating a forum for cultural, intellectual and religious exchange, CASID aims to embody the progressive ethos of the University and to make a positive contribution to it.”
The immense concrete structure is surrounded by extensive lots with landscaped areas, and has wonderful views over the land thanks to its privileged location on raised ground.
On its western side, the main entrance has been placed upon a platform standing high above the ground so that it aligns with the street, while the south side acts as a natural extension of the existing site. This space is open and is naturally related to the surroundings, and can be accessed from all its fronts.
Its interior is full of natural light, which enters comfortably through the large glass walls. Large classrooms are perfectly equipped to teach or give talks.
Spiral concrete stairs lead us from one level to another, as well as to a garden that has been installed on the rooftop, covering it in its entirety.