The Aïshti Foundation is part of a 35,000-square-meter complex that includes fashion boutiques, a curated bookshop, restaurants, cafés, a spa and a rooftop bar with striking views of Beirut framed by the sea. As a new destination, the Foundation and its surroundings – with vast public spaces opening onto the coastline – will inject new energy into the city of Beirut, which in recent years has attracted the attention of the international art community with its vibrant artistic scene and its rich cultural milieu.
“After years of collecting and aspiring to someday give back to the Lebanese community,” says Tony Salamé, “it’s a dream come true to launch the Aïshti Foundation, with Massimiliano Gioni curating the opening show in a building designed by David Adjaye. When I went through the collection with Massimiliano in New York and saw everything coming together, it was quite an emotional moment.”
“Having spent time in Beirut as a child, it was a pleasure to return to the city to work on this project. I was particularly excited to explore a new typology, by juxtaposing culture and a series of other adjacencies, from art to retail to wellbeing," says architect David Adjaye.