Architect: Ryan Debeissy Location: Hazmieh, Lebanon Area: 15000 sqm Year: 2013 School: The Lebanese University - IV Photographs: R. Debeissy Perspectives: A. Ghalia
Télé Liban (TL) is the first Lebanese public television network, owned by the Lebanese goverment. It was established a result of the merger of two privately owned stations, CLT and Télé Orient in 1977. However, the channel was originally launched in 1959. The property is surrounded by roads from all sides, and its located in Hazmieh near Micheal Sleimen Avenue (on Rue Télé Liban) covering an area= 15000sqm. On this property there are 2 existing buildings related to the TVstation; an office building and a studio. The office building, consisting of 3 floors, is reused as a radio station building; however the studio is converted to a TV museum. The new project forms a dynamic motion originated from the existing building and ends at the broadcasting station (office building)
TV museum: The existing studio is converted to a TV museum as a symbolic significance to the history of television. This part of the project aims to enrich the Lebanese cultural identity, by developing and preserving a national collection of recorded historic sound, moving image, and artifact works, and making Lebanese audiovisual heritage available to all. The mission: Exciting peoples' curiosity and inspire their creativity through development, preservation and an informed understanding of Lebanese film, sound and new media heritage; as well as its cultural diversity and significance. In the museum, visitors can sit down call up their favorite TV programs from days gone or by earphones to listen historic radio broadcasts. It consists of gallery, listening room, gift shop where visitors can choose from 100s of videos, DVDs, radio cassettes, posters, t shirts and caps, console center where anyone can watch selections. It features TV screens and headphones; movie projection room, media laboratory...
Studios: Other than the news studio in basement 2, the project consists of 4 studios, of different areas, and different uses. - 2 virtual studios (100 sqm each) one in the basement floor and one in the ground floor - A 900 sqm studio, 700 prs - A 600 sqm studio, 400-500 prs - A 300 sqm studio, for daily programs and for ads as well