Bureau Architecture Méditerranée has unveiled the design for the new Parliament of Algeria, a complex including buildings for the People's National Assembly, the National Council (Senate), the Chamber (Congress), and a residence for legislators. The buildings are organized around a large public plaza, "a symbolic gathering place for the free people who give the republic its legitimacy and authority," on a site that connects the historic and modern parts of the city. The western entrance to the plaza is flanked by the Parliamentary Assembly and the National Council - the Algerian Parliament's lower and upper chambers, respectively - which form a "monumental gate" at the plaza's entrance. Terminating the plaza at the Eastern end is the Congress building, given pride of place for its role in bringing both chambers together, but also for its role in hosting international delegations, following the Algerian custom of offering guests an honoured place.
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