HSBC OFFICE, ALGIERS – Atelier Messaoudi Architectes
Photo credit: Reda Ait Saada
Project Name: HSBC Office and Branch in Algiers, Algeria
Type of Project:Bank and offices
Location: Algiers, Algeria
Architects: Atelier Messaoudi Architectes / TP Bennett
Engineer: SIDEM Engineering
Contractor: HSBC Algeria
Project completion date: December 2019
Photographer: Reda Ait Saada
To host their new headquarters and branch in Algiers, HSBC chose the Oriental Business Park (OBP) in Bab-Ezzouar. This complex of several buildings, including numerous residential and business activities, was initially designed by Christian de Portzamparc.
The HSBC project is split into two entities, which are physically independent from one another. The office entity, located on the fourth floor of a 7-floor building, is accessible through the staff entrance on the first level of the building while the branch entity and complimentary offices are located on the ground floor of a separate building.
The main aim of this project was to come up with a design of quality spaces for both employees and clients by combining comfort, safety and conviviality in a workplace where the local culture would be highlighted in a subtle way, while respecting the global standards of the brand.
The offices on the fourth floor spread over two wings connected by a 15-meter long corridor. At both ends of the open space office, there is a large bay window bringing in natural light and offering a view of Algiers’ business district. By replacing the original plain doors with special fireproof glazed doors, the idea was to enhance the continuity between the two office wings and at the same time, to bring in daylight to the corridor.
To accompany the 60-meter-long perspective generated through the office, colorful and dynamic graphics have been applied, representing a flock of birds, flying towards the light and symbolizing the value of team spirit.
The open space office area is composed of different workspace options including standard workstations, collaborative and individual spaces, such as touchdowns, open collaborative areas where teams can gather and meet-up to perform short duration tasks, focus booths and focus pods where small teams can work in an isolated and quiet environment. Closed meeting rooms are available for private meetings, collaboration or video-conferencing. In addition, the project includes little breakout areas and a tea point where the employees can take a break and have lunch.