Phosboucra Foundation held a competition to select the architectural firm to design the University of Foum El Oued Technopole, which was won by architects Antoine Bechu and Fouad Bennouna.
Their architectural design approach is based on the potential and existing assets of the natural site, located in the middle of the Oued (river), using the climate, winds, sand, and know-how of the sub-Saharan coast, to achieve the greatest sustainable performances, and to offer future students and professors an environment open to research water, energy and biosaline agriculture.
The design of the project aims to merge with, and integrate, the natural setting by optimizing the dialogue between the building and its environment. Vegetated tents, half-tents/half-dunes, under which flow buildings, are woven in the landscape. Following the lines of the desert dunes, the inner street's crossroads symbolize the cracked lands of the Oued. Covered by a canopy, they leave an important place for nature and create a gathering place for people.
This environmental approach combines both tradition and new technology in order to pool, transmit and share energy, water and knowledge. The whole is a set that tends towards "zero waste" by the establishment of circular loops inspired by those whose nature is endowed.