The Khan in Beirut is the third experiment in materializing the ongoing narrative of the space born in The Perfumed Garden that allows for an intersectional construction for another Arab world. For a year, The Khan was a ground floor apartment in the Zokak Blatt area with a rare backyard and typical transgressive neighbors.

Using a flexible, domestic layout, all programming at The Khan was based on the idea of hosting and private exchange. Instead of positioning ourselves as a public cultural space, The Khan presented a prototype of an ‘active apartment’ where cooking, dinners, coffees on the terrace and bedroom screenings were designed as venues for conversations outside the constant need of announcements and public conventions.

During its lifespan, The Khan hosted (among others):

  • Temporary Art Platform team working on creating the first database on public art in Lebanon

  • OMOoA team working mainly on applied research of traditional Lebanese architecture through projects in Mount Lebanon

  • Nayla Geagea’s grassroots parliamentary campaign directed by Raafat Majzoub and in collaboration with more than 20 volunteers in photography, film, illustration, animation, policy and research

  • Airbnb visitors

  • A month-long maquette-building project for a large scale stop-motion film project


Title ········· The Khan of Beirut

Medium ········· Hosting Space

Context ······ Misc.

Year ······· 2017