Natural Cooling Building
What would an architect based in Bologna know about designing for the desert climes of North Africa? Apparently, a lot. Mario Cucinella Architects, one of the foremost Italian architecture studios focused on sustainable design, has won the international competition for the design of the new headquarters of ARPT, the Algerian Authority of Postal and Telecommunications Regulation. The building will be the most iconic addition to Algiers’ urban landscape, as well as a symbol of Algeria’s modern development.
Since 1992, Mario Cucinella Architects has been on the edge of the design and construction of sustainable buildings. The project for ARPT will showcase the experience of the studio with renewable energy in a sleek, curved structure that is reminiscent of traditional Mediterranean architecture, but that also draws on the shape of Algeria’s natural landscape.
With this building Mario Cucinella Architects will bring together the most advanced principles of bioclimatics with the ancient techniques of natural cooling. The shape of the building is inspired by the dunes of the African desert, built by the wind and the sand. Wind will play a major role in the cooling of the structure, as the aerodynamic shape will deviate hot winds on the northern side and intercept the cool night breeze coming from South.