In the Crevice of the City

architects Bernard Khoury / DW5
project Plot #, N.B.K. Residence (2), Beirut, Lebanon
written by Luca Molinari


Bernard Khoury is one of the most authentic talents of contemporary architecture. A Lebanese from a family of architects, with North American education, with an important transition between Harvard and Lebbeus Woods; he leads a studio in Beirut. His first works, a series of spaces for nightlife, metropolitan and merciless portraits, built in the cracks of the city worn down by an endless war, shook the critics by a mixture of irony and formal control that only pure creators can afford.


Since the beginning of the new century, Beirut has been his laboratory and his source of inspiration. A cosmopolitan metropolis, sophisticated, violent and hedonistic, the capital of Lebanon is one of the most advanced spaces of exploration and production of art, architecture and design in the Mediterranean.