Joseph Philippe Karam

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Joseph Philippe Karam
Born (1923-03-19)19 March 1923
Beirut, Lebanon
Died 9 April 1976(1976-04-09) (aged 53)
Larnaca, Cyprus
Occupation Architect
Title Atelier d'Architecture Joseph Philippe Karam, Founder

Joseph Philippe Karam (1923–1976) was a Lebanese architect. He graduated in 1946 from the Université Saint-Joseph, Ecole Francaise d’Ingenieurs et d’Architectes, majoring in Mathematics and Architecture.


In his thirty-year career, Karam was considered a leading figure of modern architecture in Lebanon.

Among his influential projects are the Beirut City Center, a multi-use complex which included at the time the largest shopping mall in the Middle East. Built in 1966, the Beirut City Center was damaged during the Lebanese Civil War. In the 1990s, the complex was demolished with the exception of its iconic cinema theater. Called "the dome" or "the egg" or "the bubble" for its curvilinear shape, the "egg" served as a venue for cultural events and parties till 2010. Since this date, its fate became unknown and numerous rumors concerning its eventual demolition went through.[1] Joseph Philippe Karam was in charge of building the second phase of the Phoenicia Hotel originally designed by Edward Durell Stone;[2] the Aquamarina sea resort in Jounieh; and a large number of residential and commercial buildings in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Alabaster, Olivia; Gatten, Emma (July 27, 2011). "Solidere denies demolition of Beirut's 'egg'". The Daily Star. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "KARAM Joseph Philippe". Architecture au Liban. Retrieved 5 January 2013.