A childhood memory of a hollow building with traces of a once vibrant soul. The collection stems from its simple, linear build yet spirited tale.
Saint Georges Hotel Beirut, Lebanon
Built in the late 1920s, by three French architects, Jacques Poirrier, André Lotte, and Georges Bordes, and a Lebanese Antoine Tabet, the Saint Georges Hotel was known to be one of Beirut’s outstanding works of early modernism with its use of raw concrete blocks. A myth and part of the Lebanese heritage, the hotel was once considered the symbol of Beirut’s golden age and hosted great stars like Brigitte Bardot, Charles Aznavour, Johnny Hallyday, Alain Delon, Abdel Wahab, and Oum Koulthoum. Today, and after the 1975-1990 civil war, the building sits empty on the Beirut waterfront, gutted by fire like a hollow shell.