“Museum of Civilisations”, the proposal from Lebanese-based GM Architects at the Venice architectural biennale next month. It is a utopian vision for the future of museums and a contemplation of Beirut’s multi-cultural heritage. It will be the only private Lebanese firm at the biennale.

GM Architects is based in Beirut where it envisions “Museum of Civilisations”, to be built. The building would be half-way between a museum and an archaeological dig as it would cut underground through layers of rock to expose the different periods in the city’s geological history, whilst also exploring its political history, Byzantine, Roman, French etc. contemplating the multi-cultural origins of Lebanese identity.