Bureau Architecture Méditerranée has revealed designs for the new Algerian Parliament, organised around a large public plaza that connects the historic and modern parts of the city.
The complex is made up of buildings for the People’s National Assembly, the National Council (Senate), the Chamber (Congress) as well as a residence for legislators.
The public plaza is said to be “a symbolic gathering place for the free people who give the republic its legitimacy and authority”.
The Parliamentary Assembly and the National Council are located at the western entrance to the plaza, forming a “monumental gate”, with the Congress building located at the end of the plaza. Its role is to bring both chambers together as well as in hosting international delegations.
Each of the three buildings are formed in a similar manner with their respective chambers set at the heart of the building.
The dome of the Congress building is a skeletal structure that covers an open air terrace which sits atop the chamber.
The façade of the buildings are made of glass and shielded by ceramic and concrete mashrabiya’s which echo the traditional Arabic architecture of the city.
Lush gardens and water features are scattered around the edges of the complex.
designMENA 23 October 2014