Italian firm to design Algeria’s telecommunications HQ

Italian firm Mario Cucinella Architects has won the international competition for the design of the new headquarters of telecommunications agency ARPT (Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications) in Algeria’s capital city Algiers.

The aerodynamic shape of the building was a result of the architect’s aspiration to create a building that would work according to the principles of bioclimatic architecture, in particular, the natural cooling techniques of the past, such as the tu’rat. This resulted in a convex on the North side to divert the hot winds, and concave on the South side to capture the cool breezes during the night, and thus to promote the natural ventilation of the building.

Located along a busy highway in the Algerian capital and next to a new urban park, Bab Ezzouar, the building is designed to act as a new landmark for the city, a symbol of its growth ambitions.

Having made a study of cooling techniques employed by ancient people who lived in the desert regions, the Italian designer, who has a history of building green buildings, attempts to brings a sense of Islamic identity to his modern new structures.