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

© 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.

Commissariat of Police in France / X-TU

  • Architects: X-TU
  • Location: Saint-Denis, France
  • Architects: X-TU - Anouk Legendre & Nicolas Desmazieres
  • Design Team: Roel Dehoorne, Gaelle Leborgne, Melanie Bury, Ingrid Manger
  • Engineering: Estair L. Labrousse
  • Client: Ministery of Interior
  • Cost: 5,790,000 € TTC with tax
  • Ground Floor: A public lobby as well as a restricted access lobby for the police, frequently used facilities, commandment rooms, detention cells, and a storage room.
  • Area: 3857.0 sqm
  • Photographs: JM Monthiers

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