Banker’s drafts: Snøhetta designs checkerboard Lebanese finance house

Norwegian architect Snøhetta has won a competition to design a headquarters for Lebanese firm Banque Libano Francaise’s (BLF) in Beirut.

Located in Beirut, the project marks Snøhetta’s first ever commission in the country.

According to the architect, the structure "points towards a new future both for the bank, the city and the community".

The monolithic building will have a checkered facade and terraces that display lush plant life.

The design is described by the firm as "both generic and conceptual".

The building aims to embody "a new future for the bank, as well referencing the rich history and value set that has evolved over generations".

Kjetil Thorsen, the founding partner of Snøhetta, said: "We’re delighted to enter into this creative partnership with the BLF. In a time of profound change and transformation, the bank is an ideal partner for Snøhetta with our shared ideals of sustainability, community, and dialogue."

Image via Snøhetta

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