The design of the Central Bank of Libya is inspired by Libyan vernacular architecture in terms of sustainable solutions and cultural relevance. Two existing excavations will be used in a similar way that the Berber troglodyte houses were once built. The “pit houses” exploit the stable earth temperature (ca. 18 degrees) and provide shade and ventilation via the atrium, as well as function as water collectors.
For the Central Bank of Libya, the larger excavation becomes the social hub of the compound, a shaded oasis not only for the bank and its public activity (operations, education center, restaurant, hotel) but also for the Gurji district. The smaller excavation provides vehicle access to the treasuries. We envision the Central Bank of Libya’s plaza as a translocal destination that connects Gurji with the Green Belt of Tripoli.
The flowing facade of the building expresses the dynamism of the Libyan economy, by expressing the ever changing surface of the desert.
The clear shape of the building and its rationalized structure allows for multiple organisations of the plan. The building features four cores, one at each corner, which give the structure the necessary rigidity.The plan can therefore divided in four modules each with its own service core, which can be combined easily in larger office groups.