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ARPT Headquarters in Algiers by Mario Cucinella Architects
Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 |

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.

Dust storm rendering of Mario Cucinella Architects' new ARPT Headquarters (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)

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Dust storm rendering of Mario Cucinella Architects' new ARPT Headquarters (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)

Project Description from the Architects:

The building has been conceived as an icon where tradition and modernity are melted, both in form (which arises from a pointed arch typical of Mediterranean architecture and the inclination of the solar diagram) as well as in the treatment of the surface of the body.

Dusk view (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)

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Dusk view (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)

The project is inspired by the Algerian desert landscape where the dunes of seem natural buildings, manufactured by wind and sand. Analysing the urban fabric, the location of the lot along a highway of great importance and especially the proximity to the new urban park Bab Ezzouar, offer the possibility to create a building highly visible and representative. An institutional building as the new ARPT headquarters should be the reference point within a neighborhood and a city where tradition and modernity merge each other to create new symbolic and cultural scenarios. For this reason the project proposal draws a highly iconic building far from the predominant aesthetics of the area and which exploits the direct contact with the new park.

Night view (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)

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Night view (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)

The desire to create a building that would work according to the principles of bioclimatic architecture and in particular by the natural cooling techniques of the past, such as the tu'rat, suggested an aerodynamic shape, 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.

Model photo (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)

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Model photo (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)

Form, energy and tradition are transformed then into a new building that will become a symbol of the development of Algeria.

Model photo (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)

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Model photo (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)

Project Details:

Place: Algiers, Algeria
Year: 2013
Type: International competition – winning project
Author: Mario Cucinella Architects  
Team: Mario Cucinella, Luca Sandri, Alberto Casarotto, Alberto Bruno, Giulia Mariotti, Rossana Romano, Michele Olivieri, Giuseppe Perrone, Yuri Costantini (model maker)
Rendering: MIR, Engram Studio   

Diagrams & elevations (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects) Section (Image courtesy of Mario Cucinella Architects)


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