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Black Box People Restaurant

Beirut, Lebanon
Built 2005

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The black box is located next to a major department store on the northbound highway of Greater Beirut. The neighboring fashion retailer is a self-advertising 40-by-25-meter Corten steel box. In a context saturated with billboards and signs wrapping the surrounding buildings' exteriors, the scheme aims to highlight that of the black box's which was initially invisible from the highway due to its 20-meter setback.

A steel arm projects 20 meters out of the main fa├žade of the building in order to catch up on the setback and attain the highway. Within the structure of this arm, a large three-dimensional picture frame contains a graphic setting produced by the fashion retailer next door. During special events, the frame can house performances with live models. On the tip of the arm a 5-by-3-meter screen retransmits real-time scenes selected from the interior of the black box.

The tip of the arm is supported by a steel cylinder that contains a cash distributor. The assemblage of the installation recognizes and amplifies contemporary society's reliance on the trendiest fashions, latest entertainment venues and the facility of money distributors.