Halfway between a Fashion Temple and a Contemporary Art Gallery, the Aïshti Foundation, situated in Jal El Dib in Beirut, introduces a new concept, capable of merging in a single environment, contemporary art, commercial spaces, events as well as bars and restaurants. David Adjaye’s office turned to Capoferri to provide all internal cladding, made from mirror-polished stainless steel, laser-cut to the patterns designed by the architect; a challenge, given that the some of the panels are as high as 6 meters, yet they have to be self-supported by a virtually invisible, slender structure. Capoferri also provided all the glass balustrades, the sliding doors from stainless steel and additional cladding in stainless steel. In addition to the commercial spaces, the building hosts the Aïshti Foundation and the Art Collection of Mr. Salamé, which includes 2.000 artifacts from artists such as Christopher Wool, Gerhard Richter, Franz West, Richard Prince, Wae Guyton, Danh Vo and Carol Bove. The exhibition space will host other international contemporary art events as well as openings for young Lebanese artists.
Fixed and sliding decorative laser-cut panels made from mirror-polished stainless steel AISI 316, decorative staircase cladding from mirror-polished stainless steel AISI 316, with glass balustrades.
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