The Hamma Government Complex was a colonial vision
for Algiers following the spirit of Haussmann's Paris. The project included
new buildings for the Assemblée Populaire, the Palais des Congrès, an
imposing square, the National Library, and a hotel. The Hamma site sits in a
privileged location due to its accessibility to transportation arteries,
railroads, and future subways. The monumental group of government buildings
terminate the capital's axis on a 10 hectare site. It is entered through a 12
storey triumphal arch building housing the Assemblée and the Congrès.
Leading into the main square, the hotel and the library are connected to a
botanical garden beyond.