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Interplay of light and shade in Algerian twin towers’s opaque façade

Designed by SSH, the new Algeria Gulf Bank HQ buildings, forming a pivotal landmark on the city’s skyline, nears completion

by Georgina Johnston 07 October 2021 Tall Buildings

The building is located on the El Biar district roundabout and comprises a pair of 25 storey twin towers rising from a shared base with five underground basement levels. One of its distinguishing architectural features is the way the building plays with light and shade as the sun moves across the sky due to its distinctive transparent and opaque façade. At night, city residents and visitors are amused by colourful ever-changing light displays showcased on the entire building.

Despite its aesthetic appearance, the Algeria Gulf Bank (AGB) HQ’s interior features also reflect a well thought out design, offering its users spacious, high-quality modern facilities, thermal comfort, sufficient natural light and a lush green space on the terrace.   

The new headquarters undoubtedly creates a strong signature landmark within the capital city. SSH is honoured to have been awarded First Prize in the 2010 AGB International Design Competition for this design.

Khaled Khoury, Managing Director, SSH North Africa

SSH delivered design and construction supervision services for the project, following a sustainable design philosophy that incorporates energy savings and the use of environmentally friendly materials. The project was nearing completion towards the close of 2020 and, as of yet, remains underway.


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