PCA International
laboratorio di progettazione coordinata e integrata

2008 – Alger, The Arabic-south American Library

2008 – Alger, The Arabic-south American Library
TYPE Culture and leisure facilities
CLIENT Ministère de la Culture d’Algérie
YEAR 2008
PROJECT with Aissa Mesri

The architecture of the library contains the sense of an encounter between different civilisations, which have never met for millennia, but which share a common interest in astronomy.
The conception concerns the landscape: interpretation of places and climate: the dynamic vision, the indispensable synthesis on a motorway scale and the richness of articulation for the close-up view, the relationship with the city; the library can be recognised from above: memory of the ancient Naska tracks and at ground level for the play of differences in level and the ancestral sense of the typical pre-Columbian cultures: the articulation of the interior spaces arises around the court, water, oasis, signs of Islamic architecture.