BACK | Bernard Khoury/Dw5 (Beirut)
For Building Asia Brick by Brick Photo by Roger Mourkarzel
This freestanding object has an outer shell, two rows of LEGO bricks thick, with a central void housing two fluorescent tube-lamps. Built from exactly 7500 pieces, the surface consists of solids and voids allowing for the "pixilated" emission of light through its skin. At first, only the base perimeter was set. Final height and composition developed during construction as the result of the haphazard attachment and buildup of bricks. The object's morphology gradually changes as it rises: the pixels grow larger and corners disintegrate as the number of pieces diminishes, reflecting our premonition of the object's growth reaching an end.
ABOUT BERNARD KHOURY
Bernard Khoury studied architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and received his M.Arch from Harvard University (1993). In 2001, the municipality of Rome awarded Khoury honorable mention for the Borromini Prize for architects under 40. In 2004, he received the Architecture + Award. Khoury lectures and exhibits at prestigious academic institutions in Europe and the US including a solo show at Berlin's International Forum for Contemporary Architecture at the Aedes Gallery (2003). Khoury started an independent practice in 1993 and over the past 10 years his office has developed a significant, diverse portfolio of both local and international projects.