Two telescopic pavilions in steel and wood contain spaces inspired by lebanese domestic interiors, narrating tales of crafts and lifestyles

Facing each other in the Cortile del 700, the two pavilions of the installation Camera Chiara, by the Franco-Lebanese architect Annabel Karim Kassar with a team of designers, artists and artisans, create an original parallelism situation with respect to the regular vaults of the Baroque double portico.

Composed of a telescopic stepped structure in steel and wood, the pavilions invite visitors to enter for a firsthand experience of domestic life, echoing with faraway music and unexpected imagery.

The first pavilion, Liwan, takes its name from the living room of Lebanese houses and contains, in a space with a beaten earth floor, crafted furnishings, video narratives and Arabian music. In the opposite pavilion, Camera Chiara, a series of blue mattresses on the ground welcomes spectators to watch original films that narrate processes of crafts production.


Architects and Interiors From Paris to Lebanon, the architect Annabel Karim Kassar has founded a studio with offices in Beirut, Dubai and London. With the companies HSC and Imola Legno, Golran 1898, Sylumis and CAI-Light for the lighting, she has designed the installation Camera Chiara, with two furnished pavilions open to visitors.

Annabel Karim Kassar ph. Ray Main

Annabel Karim Kassar ph. Ray Main