Offices

Headquarters Post and Telecommunications Authority

PROJECT DETAILS

City
Algiers
Country
Algeria
Customer
Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications
Architectural design
MCA Mario Cucinella Architects
Period
2013
Amount of works
80.000.000 €
Services Provided
Structure design
Sector
Offices
Dimensions
Surface area: 14,000 square meters
Building height: 45 m
Construction technique
steel, reinforced concrete

A building that symbolizes tradition and modernity

The new Algiers Post Headquarters, designed by Architect Mario Cucinella, is a landmark of a city where tradition and modernity coexist and create new symbolic and cultural scenarios. The building is designed according to bioclimatic principles and is inspired by ancient natural cooling techniques. It is a three-dimensional exo-structure with double curvature and high stiffness convex on the north front to deflect hot winds and concave on the south to intercept cool night breezes.

A building that symbolizes tradition and modernity

The new Algiers Post Headquarters, designed by Architect Mario Cucinella, is a landmark of a city where tradition and modernity coexist and create new symbolic and cultural scenarios. The building is designed according to bioclimatic principles and is inspired by ancient natural cooling techniques. It is a three-dimensional exo-structure with double curvature and high stiffness convex on the north front to deflect hot winds and concave on the south to intercept cool night breezes.

The area designated for the project is located along a major thoroughfare and close to the new urban park in the Bab Ezzouar neighborhood. Inspired by the Algerian desert landscape, where the dunes look like natural buildings, the volume summarizes tradition and modernity by proposing a sloping block subtended by an acute arch with rounded edges: a sort of half-moon emerging from the ground.

A dune built by wind and sand

The project is designed to become an icon, a symbol of Algeria's development and a landmark of a neighborhood and city steeped in tradition, yet looking to the future. The institutional building is strategically located between a major roadway and the new urban park in the Bab Ezzouar neighborhood.

The project draws inspiration from the Algerian desert landscape where the dunes look like natural buildings, constructed by wind and sand. It is a modern building designed and constructed with a state-of-the-art construction technique, imitating the Tu'rat, archaic dry-stone buildings with a half-moon shape. The right orientation captures the vapor from the winds, condensing the moisture that penetrates the earth and makes it fertile and productive.

Night view of the new Post and Telecommunications Authority headquarters in Algiers
Sunset view of the new Post and Telecommunications Authority headquarters in Algiers

The double steel shell

The building is composed of a mixed steel/concrete system reflecting mixed seismic-resistant mechanisms with parallel operation.
A series of central reinforced concrete cores stiffen the double-curved external steel structure: an innermost grid composed of a triangular lattice skeleton made of fully welded circular tubular profiles and an outermost shell made of reconstituted curved profiles using PRS technology with variable rectangular cross-section.

The structural challenge faced both against seismic actions in an area of high seismicity comparable to Italian zone 1, and against wind action with the presence of strong gusts.

Wooden model of the new Post and Telecommunications Authority headquarters in Algiers.
Detail of the double steel and reinforced concrete exterior structure new Post and Telecommunications Authority headquarters in Algiers

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