Mezzing In Lebanon

‘Mezzing In Lebanon’ brought a slice of Beirut street life to the centre of London, celebrating utopia through the everyday designs of the people of Lebanon.

The installation brought a bustling scene of falafel and coffee stalls, a small lounge cinema, street signs, carts, and even an authentic barbershop to Somerset House. As visitors sat, ate, drank, smoked and talked, they were transported to the streets of Beirut. Architect Annabel Karim Kassar found glimpses of utopia in the bricolage of Beirut's raw, functional and authentic urban interventions, and the diverse ways in which people occupy social space.

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Photography: Ed Reeve


Administering Bodies:

Annabel Karim Kassar RIBA

AKK Architects Ltd

Embassy of Lebanon, London

Design Team:

Annabel Karim Kassar

Rabih Zeidan

Violaine Jeantet

Maria Buontempo

Nehmat Alameh

Marie Robin

Christophe Hascoët

Isabelle Rolland

Alain Pin

Mustapha Hijazi

Maxwell Sterry


Annabel Karim Kassar RIBA

Supporting Bodies:

Mourad Mazouz (Beyrouti Cafe by Momo at the Souks)

AMAR Foundation for Arab Music Archiving & Research (sponsor)

Makers: Georges Mohasseb, Rana Salam, Zawarib, Blatt Chaya, Henri Ghosn, Amer El Lahibi



Antonio Cesare ladarola

Francesca Cantien

Serge Akl, OT Liban (sponsor)

MEA (sponsor)

MCA Communication

The Ministry of Culture of Lebanon

2016 Exhibitors