Yacoubian Building (Beirut)

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The Yacoubian building is a prominent commercial and residential edifice in Beirut, Lebanon. The building is located in Caracas neighborhood of Ras Beirut,[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[3]

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[4] commissioned in 2006-2008 and made of non-shrinking grout, aluminium, glass, fabric.

Beirut's Yacoubian Building is not to be confused with an equally important dominant edifice in Cairo, Egypt, called Yacoubian Building belonging to Hagop Yacoubian.


Coordinates: 33°53′43″N 35°28′24″E / 33.89528°N 35.47333°E / 33.89528; 35.47333