São Paulo – The Lebanese government opened registrations for the ‘KIC Architectural Design Project Competition.’ The competition is opened to international and local architecture firms and seeks a design project for the Knowledge and Innovation Center (KIC), that will be built inside the International Fair, created by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Tripoli, Lebanon. The complex was the theme of an exhibition in Beirut in February.
The competition is managed by the Lebanese Federation of Engineers and Architects and endorsed by the Union of International Architects and supported by Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR). The announcement was made through Tripoli Special Economic Zone (TSEZ)’s website. The registration deadline is March 18. To register, those interested must access the website and fill the form, in addition to download the documents and follow the instructions in them.
The center will be a business and technology park that would accommodate and foster the entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs in the city of Tripoli.
The approved project should involve the preservation of heritage buildings as well as the design of new structures within the campus, currently listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. “While designing the new buildings for the KIC parcel, utmost care should be placed on the relationship between the new buildings and existing buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer. It is a site of extreme value with an extraordinary history of modern heritage,” explain the texts published by the competition.
Translated by Guilherme Miranda