FaR Architects is a Beirut-based architecture studio led by partners Karine Fakhry and Diane Sawaya. Karine holds a Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and Diane is an Architect D.P.L.G. from the Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin. Their work focuses on a research-based contextual design process. They have successfully completed projects in Beirut, Dubai, London, and New York. Their interdisciplinary approach to architecture and design allows them to explore different disciplines ranging between architecture, interior architecture, landscape interventions, media installations, and product design.
Since its foundation in 2005, FaR has participated in several architectural and urban competitions; “The Sugarlane” an adaptive and reuse project transforming an existing sugar refinery into a mixed-use program, “Revisiting Dalieh: Calling for Alternative Visions along Beirut’s Coast” and a new Guggenheim museum for the city of Helsinki.
Last year, invited by La Triennale di Milano, FaR Architects created and exhibited their speculative project “Stay at Home” at the 21st Triennale International Exhibition, allowing Lebanon to be represented in this iconic event for the first time since its creation in 1923.
This year, D House, a family residence built in the mountains of Lebanon, won the Lebanese Architect Award organized by the Federation of Lebanese Engineers in the category of Private Housing.
FaR Architects puts the individual at the core of its interest and thought process, creating intrinsic and intricate yet unusual relationships between the environment and the user. Their projects become experiential, but somehow they feel familiar.
They question form, use and content. There is no architectural philosophy; merely the construction of a new narrative every time.