Lucy Wang

Henning Larsen Wins Bid to Design Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli

by , 04/24/14



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Henning Larsen Architects used the existing excavations found on site to inform their circulation design and architectural design. Inspired by the Berber underground cave dwellings, the architects dug into the land to connect the excavated areas and to take advantage of the earth’s natural temperature-regulating properties. The larger excavation will be transformed into a shaded oasis, as well as the compound’s social hub and public plaza. The submerged plaza will connect the Gurji neighborhood with the Green Belt of Tripoli.

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The new office building that towers above the plaza is a cubic atrium structure that features a rippled facade to imitate the wavy lines of the desert sands. A symbol of Libyan power, the impressive building offers 360 degrees views out across Tripoli. To defend against the strong sun, the architects will wrap the building facade in a horizontal shading system that mitigates solar heat gain.

+ Henning Larsen Architects

Via ArchDaily

Images via Henning Larsen Architects

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