Category archives: Architecture

Bernard Khoury on Walking the Talk

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“Your 4 o’clock is here,” says Carine, Bernard Khoury’s young assistant, calling him by his first name. I was his 4 o’clock. It was the second time I interview the single most celebrated Arab architect in the world in 13 months. Not much has changed since my initial visit. The place was still swarming with young architects, Khoury still wore black, and I was[...]

London’s Café Royal Hotel

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Café Royal has always been the preferred haunt of the intellectual, political and artistic literati. Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Winston Churchill and Muhammad Ali were all patrons. After a four-year renovation, Café Royal is finally welcoming a new generation of guests into its beautifully renovated space[...]

Etched into Stone

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Serving as a backdrop to David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Wadi Rum is one of Jordan’s most famous tourist destinations and has been inhabited by different cultures since prehistoric times. In 2014, the wadi will play host to a new resort. Etched into the natural landscape, the Wadi Rum Resort is the culmination of Florida-based architecture firm Oppenheim’s[...]