Bureau Architecture Méditerranée, which has a network of offices around the Mediterranean basin, has unveiled the design for the new Parliament of Algeria, which includes the People's National Assembly, the National Council (Senate), the Chamber (Congress) and a residence for legislators.
A key element of the new political centre's organisation is the way in which it embodies significant ideas: the development of a democracy that successfully combines tradition and modernity, capable of serving the nation's interests while remaining open to the world.
These notions underpin the architecture of the entire new political centre and the arrangement of the seats in the two legislative houses, the Senate and the Congress.
The upper and lower houses are organised around a huge, majestic plaza - 'a symbolic gathering place for the free people who give the republic its legitimacy and authority' - facing each other on a north-south axis. The square sits against the backdrop of the historic city, uniting East and West, the modernity of the new city and the tradition of the old.
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