Mario Cucinella Architects recently won a competition to design the new headquarters of the telecommunications agency ARPT (Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications). Designed for a site along a prominent highway in Algiers, Algeria, the bioclimatic building will utilize natural ventilation for its cooling needs. The building is shielded on one side from the hot desert winds, while the other side collects cooler night air.
Mario Cucinella Architects‘ new ARPT Headquarters is a landmark building that combines tradition and modernity. The design was inspired by the desert, and it has been carefully oriented and positioned with relation to the sun’s path. Resembling a sand dune, the building is shaped like a rounded mound with a peak that slopes off dramatically to one side. It appears as though it was formed by the wind and sand. The building’s form was also inspired by traditional Mediterranean architecture, which can be seen in its pointed arch.
The building will be prominently located along a highway next to the new Bab Ezzouar urban park. Beside its civic improvements, the bioclimatic building will use natural ventilation to keep cool. The ARPT building diverts hot winds with a shielded convex northern facade. Meanwhile, the southern concave facade collects cooler breezes from the south at night and encourages natural ventilation.
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