Laayoune Technology School / Saad El Kabbaj + Driss Kettani + Mohamed Amine Siana

05:00 - 26 May, 2016
Laayoune Technology School  / Saad El Kabbaj + Driss Kettani + Mohamed Amine Siana, © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

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AD Classics: Nordic Pavilion in Venice / Sverre Fehn

09:00 - 30 March, 2016
AD Classics: Nordic Pavilion in Venice / Sverre Fehn, The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman
The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman

Three were originally invited to draw up plans for a ‘Nordic’ pavilion: the Finnish partnership Reima and Raili Pietilä, Sverre Fehn from Norway, and the Swede, Klas Anshelm. Following the selection of Fehn’s proposal in 1959, Gotthard Johansson wrote in the Svenska Dagbladet of the project’s “stunning simplicity [...], without too many architectural overtones”[1] – a proposal for a space able to unite a triumvirate of nations under one (exceptional) roof.

The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman +30

Territory Without Ground: Designing in the Sahara Desert

04:00 - 29 March, 2016
Territory Without Ground: Designing in the Sahara Desert, © OUALALOU+CHOI
© OUALALOU+CHOI

The Pavilion of Morocco at the 14th Venice Biennale, Fundamentals, focused on territorial speculations in the Sahara: Inhabiting the Uninhabitable. For the exhibition, which was the country's first representation at the Biennale, Paris-based practice OUALALOU+CHOI proposed an urban structure for this desert territory – "a means of putting down roots, implanting urbanity and civilization. The Sahara, with its extreme geography and climatic conditions, remains unexplored territory for architectural speculation."

Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

09:36 - 16 December, 2015
Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

Taroudant University / Saad El Kabbaj + Driss Kettani + Mohamed Amine Siana

05:00 - 5 November, 2015
Taroudant University / Saad El Kabbaj + Driss Kettani + Mohamed Amine Siana, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +28

Technology School of Guelmim / Saad El Kabbaj + Driss Kettani + Mohamed Amine Siana

05:00 - 2 November, 2015
Technology School of Guelmim / Saad El Kabbaj + Driss Kettani + Mohamed Amine Siana, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +21

Morphosis Architects Releases Casablanca Finance City Tower Design

15:30 - 17 July, 2015
Morphosis Architects Releases Casablanca Finance City Tower Design, © Morphosis Architects
© Morphosis Architects

Mophosis Architects have just released their design for the Casablanca Finance City tower in Morocco. The building's iconic crown, coupled with the way the building interacts with ground-level public space, creates an "inverted double-crown" that will serve as social symbol and meeting place. Following the model set in Paris' La Defense district, the project will anchor a new business district (Casablanca Finance City) and embody "Morocco’s vision for the future and setting precedents in building performance, scale, and style for a city that does not yet exist." Slated for completion in 2017, the 226,042 sq. ft building broke ground in December of 2014.

Read on to learn more about Morphosis' brise-soleil-wrapped tower. 

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Casa-Port Railway Station / AREP

09:00 - 24 June, 2015
Casa-Port Railway Station / AREP, © Didier Boy de La Tour
© Didier Boy de La Tour
  • Architects

  • Location

    Casablanca, Morocco
  • AREP

    Etienne Tricaud, Philippe Druesne, Christophe Iliou
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Didier Boy de La Tour © Didier Boy de La Tour © Didier Boy de La Tour © Didier Boy de La Tour +29

XTU Architects Imagine Self-Building Wall City

08:00 - 8 April, 2015
XTU Architects Imagine Self-Building Wall City, © XTU architects
© XTU architects

Flohara by XTU Architects envisions an inhabitable desert wall that constructs itself from the natural processes of its environment. Featured at the Venice Biennale's Morocco Pavilion exhibition entitled “Fundamental(ism)s,” this ecological phenomenon defies the conventions of housing, offering shelter from varying climatic conditions and supporting both human and plant life in the harsh desert.

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Architecture Documentaries To Watch In 2015

09:00 - 8 March, 2015
Architecture Documentaries To Watch In 2015, Microtopia (2013) / Jesper Wachtmeister
Microtopia (2013) / Jesper Wachtmeister

Following our top 40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014 and our favourite 30 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2013, 2015 is no exception! Our latest round up continues to feature a fantastic range of films and documentaries telling the tales of unsung architectural heroes and unheard urban narratives from around the world. This entirely fresh selection looks past the panoply of stars to bring you more of the best architectural documentaries which will provoke, intrigue and beguile.

From a film which explores one man's dream to build a cathedral (#4) and a simultaneous history of and vision of Rotterdam's future (#7), to a tour of the world's last surviving squatter town in Copenhagen (#14) and A Short History of Abandoned Sets in Morocco (#16), we present - in no particular order - thirty freshly picked documentaries for you to watch in 2015.

Valode & Pistre Set to Break Ground on Africa's Tallest Tower

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Valode & Pistre Set to Break Ground on Africa's Tallest Tower, © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr
© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr

Valode & Pistre is set to break ground on Africa’s tallest tower next June. More than doubling the height of Johannesburg’s 223-meter Carlton Center, which has been the continent’s tallest building since 1973, the Al Noor Tower (Tower of Light) will most likely rise 540-meters on a 25-hectare site in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. 

It’s program will center around business, providing accommodations with a 200-suite luxury hotel, a trading platform, conference hall and large art gallery, as well as an astonishing 100-meter-tall atrium that hollows the tower’s base.  

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Preschool of Aknaibich / BC architects + MAMOTH

01:00 - 30 November, 2014
Preschool of Aknaibich / BC architects  + MAMOTH, © Frank Stabel
© Frank Stabel

© Frank Stabel © Frank Stabel © Frank Stabel © Thomas Joos +34

Narrowminded + BOM Propose New Central Bus Station for Marrakech

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
Narrowminded + BOM Propose New Central Bus Station for Marrakech, Courtesy of Narrowminded + BOM Architects
Courtesy of Narrowminded + BOM Architects

As part of an international competition, Narrowminded Architects teamed up with BOM Architects to identify and solve central functional deficiencies in a proposal for a new Marrakech Central Bus Terminal. Together, the architects found that obsolete infrastructure, unclear orientation, hazardous traffic density, rampant pollution, and confusing overlaps between vehicular and pedestrian flow were all contributing factors in the inefficiencies and hindered advancement of the terminal. Thus, with the intent to create a timeless environment that could flourish in Marrakech's future morphological developments, the proposal adopted a strategy to thoroughly address each individual issue.

"Inhabiting the Desert" Since 1914: Morocco at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 19 June, 2014
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

Morocco was heavily influenced by European modernism due to its strategic position in Northern Africa. It was governed as a European protectorate for much of the 20th century, and it was in this region that the modern movement found a place for experimentation; a place where modernist ideals met such particular climate conditions that they evolved a unique regional expression.

The Morocco Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale—their first presence at the event—acknowledges this particular expression aligned with the theme of Absorbing Modernity under the title of Fundamental(ism)s. Curator Tarik Oualalou erected it over a ground of desert sand to create a setting for Morocco’s architecture in the past, entitled Living in the City, and the future, Inhabiting the Desert.

Silvio d’Ascia Wins Competition to Design Morocco Rail Station

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
Silvio d’Ascia Wins Competition to Design Morocco Rail Station, Courtesy of Silvio d’Ascia Architecture and Omar Kobité
Courtesy of Silvio d’Ascia Architecture and Omar Kobité

Silvio d’Ascia Architecture, Omar Kobité Architecture and Eric Giudice Architects have been announced as winner of an international competition to design the new TGV high-speed railway station in Kénitra. The winning design aims to unite the northern and southern parts of the city by providing two entryways joined by one geometrical volume whose triangular framework recalls traditional shapes found in vernacular Moroccan architecture.

Edouard François Designs Mixed-Use "Gardens of Anfa" for Casablanca

01:00 - 23 February, 2014
Edouard François Designs Mixed-Use "Gardens of Anfa" for Casablanca, © Maison Edouard François
© Maison Edouard François

Maison Edouard François has masterplanned a new mixed-use neighborhood for the Moroccan city Casablanca: “The Gardens of Anfa.” Scheduled for completion in 2017, the plan calls for three mid-rise residential towers, a low-rise office tower, and a series of residential blocks connected by a central piazza and concealed within a lush multicolored landscape. Each “organically-shaped” tower will be enhanced by a trellised facade that fosters the growth of bougainvilleas and jasmine, further camouflaging the structure and “demarcating the limits of a garden.”

Venice Biennale 2014: Morocco to Participate with First Pavilion

00:00 - 9 November, 2013
Venice Biennale 2014: Morocco to Participate with First Pavilion, Courtesy of Foundation FADA
Courtesy of Foundation FADA

Morocco will host its first pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by the Foundation FADA’ (Fondation pour l’Art, le Design, et l’Architecture) and directed by architect Tarik Oualalou, the concept for the Moroccan pavilion will be based upon Morocco’s role as an urban and architectural laboratory in the twentieth century. The project, entitled “Fundamental(ism)s,” will be organized in two parts: 

Maroc Telecom / Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture

01:00 - 27 June, 2013
Maroc Telecom / Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rabat, Morocco
  • Architects

    Jean-Paul Viguier, Omar Kobbite
  • Structural engineers

    SETEC TPI
  • Decorator

    Juan Trindade
  • Area

    27500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +18