Two Canadian firms have won the competition to design a $2.4bn 1.2 million m2 development in Constantine, Algeria, reported World Architecture News.
Working as a joint venture, exp and lemay have designed a sustainable new community called El-Menia through a competition hosted by the Agence de gestion et de regulation fonciere urbaine de la Wilaya de Constantine.
Around 6,500 to 7,500 new homes will be constructed within walking distance of the main service areas to ensure that residents do not reply on cars, reducing the city’s carbon footprint.
Arabic calligraphy and arabesques have been a strong reference point, with sinuous silhouettes forming the skyline.
Located 431km east of Algiers, El-Menia takes reference from a nearby mountain range and dramatic landscape.