Base de vie in the red desert

Adrar, Algeria

Base de vie in the red desert
Adrar, Algeria
2014

program: Creation of a city for 1,000 inhabitants in the Algerian desert
total area: 250 000 m2
floor area: 22 400 m2

client: Bonatti spa
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with Francesco Nissardi
landscape: Alfonso Femia

images: ©Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia
The project proposes a “water chain” capable of managing, collecting and channelling the water system in its different uses in order to create a dynamic and optimised system. The depth of the basins and connecting channels will be sized to support the phenomena of evaporation when useful to control the microclimate while, in the sections where this will not be necessary, the system will be designed to reduce waste and minimise maintenance. Furthermore in the spaces where evaporation helps with cooling the environment, the ponds will be sized so as to control the phenomenon and will be protected by pergolas that are a theme of the project. The connecting channels are partly exposed (fissures) and partly “closed”, in such a way as to cool the water that flows there for short stretches.