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Another day; another commission- Zaha picks up yet more work - image

Zaha Hadid has been chosen to design a new facility for Beirut's American University.

The six-storey building for the Issam M Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs will create a home for both students and researchers specialising in Middle Eastern politics.

Working alongside engineers Arup, the Pritzker-prize winner has come up with a design for a 1,800m 2building, which will house an underground auditorium, seminar rooms, research lounges and roof-top reading rooms.

Describing the scheme, a practice spokesman said: 'The building emerges fluidly from the geometry of the surrounding network of public paths, as opposed to sitting on the land as an isolated object.

'The form of the building flows as an undulating extension of the site moving up to create different dynamic spaces and then vanishes back into the terrain.'

Landscape architect Gross Max also worked on the project, which is due for completion in 2008.

by Richard Waite

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