Italian architect Alberto Catalano has won an international competition to design Lebanon’s new Arts and Culture House, Lebanon’s Culture Minister Tammam Salam has announced.

The House of Arts and Culture, funded by a $20m gift from the Sultanate of Oman, will be the first of its kind in the country’s capital Beirut.

Catalano’s winning design includes all of the required spaces, offering an openness and versatility that impressed jurors, according to a statement published in Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper.

According to Catalano’s architectural plan, the House will exhibit a low-rise exterior composed of conjoining angles and levels, a sidelong tower designed for workshops and offices and a large amount of subterranean space for the grand auditorium.

A panel of international jurors received 753 initial entries from 63 countries, and 388 official project submissions. An exhibition of all of the competition’s submissions will open to the public at the Beirut Forum until 5 April.

By staff writer.