The complexity of Beirut calls for its museum to provide more than art galleries, and more than a landmark. To engage the broader public, Beirut requires a fertile platform for new modes of production and creation, and a paradigm for sustainable architecture. With Beirut’s urban landscape overwhelmed by heavy, barricaded, concrete towers from its recent histories, the BeMA building offers the opposite: a transparency. By progressing beyond the enclosures of yesterday, BeMA fully engages with the Beirut art community of today, world-recognized, and rich with potential. BeMA's physical and metaphorical transparencies offer an invitation to the community to gather within a vibrant place. The ground floor opens to the street, allowing free circulation and connection to its environs. The architecture's facade filters exterior sunlight, creating an interior animation of light and a background for continuous movement. While typical museums present their activities within enclosed spaces, BeMA's activities are enlivened by transparent spaces without boundary. Circulation routes encourage diverse interactions that reflect the heterogeneity of modern and contemporary art, while dialogues between visitors, artists, art, curators, and the city are nurtured and encouraged.