university of balamand

patriarch piazza



Tripoli, Lebanon


University of Balamand


University of Balamand, Nizam Khoury



The current work for the Lebanese Campus is based on a successful cooperation over a number of years. All projects prior to the Patriarch Piazza have been developed by Sasaki Associates, with Elke Berger as the lead landscape architect. In June 2008 the design of a representative piazza in honor of the founder of the university, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, became the first commission for newly founded studioB.
The piazza is located at a pivotal point within the campus land:
here the recently implemented Entry Promenade of the academic campus core projects into a sequence of ancient olive terraces, built and maintained for centuries by the Balamand monastery.
The piazza is designed to act as a link between the spirit of the globally connected, outgoing and contemporary campus with its ancient  rural and agri-cultural roots.