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How Beirut's urban scene has bounced back

How Beirut's urban scene has bounced back

The pool at Arthaus Hotel in Beirut Guillaume de LaubierDebs and his wife Zoe were set to launch their Arthaus hotel on that ill-fated day. Instead, they found themselves dealing with massive destruction to the historic 25-room property in Gemmayze, one of the hardest hit spots. Now partially reopened, Arthaus is meant to be an experiential creative hub, not least because of its location. AdvertisementA bar at Arthaus, Beirut Guillaume de Laubier‘This whole district is really avant-garde; it’s a concentrated area of innovative people who went about rebuilding immediately after the blast,’ says Debs. The art-collecting pair fought back the way they know best: gathering about 50 artists for a fundraising exhibition in the hotel, Beirut Year Zero, as well as a charity auction held by Christie’s New York.

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