Yacoubian Building (Beirut)
The Yacoubian building is a prominent commercial and residential edifice in Beirut, Lebanon. The building is located in Caracas neighborhood of Ras Beirut, in a prominent coastal strip of the Lebanese capital Beirut. The building belonged to a wealthy Lebanese Armenian named Yacoub Yacoubian.
The edifice is an enormous 10-story, double-bloc building with 140 flats. Unlike the colonial style of Cairo's Yacoubian Building, Beirut's counterpart comes shaped like a U-turn, copying the style of Le Corbusier. The building was famous for hosting a great number of artists, including singer Fayza Ahmed and comedian Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy. One floor underground was the venue of a famous Beirut night club called The Venus. During the Lebanese Civil War the Venus closed its doors and the Yacoubian building declined.
The then-chic and now run-down famous Beirut edifice is a metaphor of Beirut's old architectural heritage and is subjet of Spectrice (Yacoubian Building, Beirut) display and work of art commissioned in 2006-2008 and made of non-shrinking grout, aluminium, glass, fabric.
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