The UN House - ESCWA


Cadastral1134 Zokak El Blatt
Land UseOffices
BUA160,000 sq m
Architect(s)Pierre El Khoury Architecte

The first Solidere office / institutional building, UN House was completed in 1997, after a record construction period of 14 months, and inaugurated by then Secretary General Kofi Annan in February 1998.

A landmark development at the southern gateway to the city center, overlooking Riad El Solh Square and Gibran Khalil Gibran monumental garden, UN House was designed by Pierre El Khoury Architects as an intelligent building to house several United Nation local and regional agencies, in particular the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

The architecture is in the shape of an arch, with an internal landscaped atrium of 600 sq m providing a pleasant shaded area with trees, flowers and benches.  The nine-story development has a total floor area of 43,000 sq m with underground parking spaces.

Extensive use of glass in the external walls gives the building a glittering appearance and allows natural light throughout. It is an ’intelligent building’ equipped with state-of-the-art technology.