Gratte-ciel, quartier de la Marine, cité des affaires, Algiers, Algeria, 1938
This study was done in 1938 and 1939. In the course of time the planning solution was transformed by the master plan of 1942. The current project is interesting from several points of view. The form of the skyscraper is no longer accidental as in America, it is a true biology finely adjusted to contain its calculated organs. An independent structure, totally glazed infill panels, a brise-soleil, a total system of vertical circulation, a system of pedestrian and vehicular distribution around the base and a parking garage. The installation of a hotel and restaurant at the top, with independent access from the front of the site.

The pedestrian precinct is excavated in dish-form on purpose to define it, thus providing an underpass to the main lateral motorway. On this same drawing are shown several solutions taking into special account the African sun.

On the two symmetrical buildings the brise-soleil is in the form of a loggia 2.20 m or 4.50 m high. In the central building, a large portico in front of a 100% glazed infill panel. On the right the courtrooms of the Court House set back in their honeycomb. Finally, on both sides the large pedestrian covered ways providing shelter against rain and sun.

Extract from Le Corbusier, Oeuvre complète, volume 4, 1938-1946
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