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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. 

© Morphosis Architects © Morphosis Architects © Morphosis Architects © Morphosis Architects +11

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

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.  

© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr +12

Casablanca_67 House / Orlando Etcheberrigaray

01:00 - 11 September, 2014
Casablanca_67 House / Orlando Etcheberrigaray, © Marcelo Cáceres
© Marcelo Cáceres

© Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres +20

Extension in Casablanca / Ricardo Atanacio Balbontin

01:00 - 25 August, 2014
Extension in Casablanca  / Ricardo Atanacio Balbontin, © Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld +13

Casablanca / UNOATRES Arquitectos

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
Casablanca / UNOATRES Arquitectos, ©  Felipe Fontecilla
© Felipe Fontecilla
  • Architects

  • Location

    Casablanca, Chile, Casablanca, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    UNOATRES Arquitectos, Francisca Anfruns, A-escala
  • Structure

    Alberto Ramírez Covo
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

©  Felipe Fontecilla ©  Felipe Fontecilla ©  Felipe Fontecilla ©  Felipe Fontecilla +26

Casablaca Anfa: Herreros Arquitectos' Proposal for a Mixed-Use Building in Morocco

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Casablaca Anfa: Herreros Arquitectos' Proposal for a Mixed-Use Building in Morocco, Courtesy of Herreros Arquitectos
Courtesy of Herreros Arquitectos

Herreros Arquitectos just sent us their recent project for a mixed-use building in Casablanca, Morocco. Resulting from a series of urban, spatial, formal and sustainable variables, the project--which includes housing, commercial and athletic spaces--is characterized by a permeable facade that directly responds to the climate. The repeated decorative element is a reinterpretation of a traditional geometric code that is common to the region.

The project was featured in the Moroccan Pavilion in the 2014 Venice Biennale. Find the images and product description, after the break.

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.”

Casa Mirador / Matias Zegers

01:00 - 21 January, 2013
Casa Mirador / Matias Zegers, © Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma
  • Architects

  • Location

    F-930, Casablanca, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Collaborating Architects

    Carlos Bisbal, Pablo Alfaro, Felipe dell´Orto, Daniela Peñailillo, Daniela Thomsen, Eduardo Maldonado
  • Drawings

    Pablo Alfaro, Felipe dell´Orto, Eduardo Maldonado
  • Area

    364.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma +27

Casa Mirador / Matias Zegers by Cristobal Palma

00:00 - 10 January, 2013
Casa Mirador / Matias Zegers by Cristobal Palma

After working with Rick Joy for more three years, collaborating in projects all around the US, Matías Zegers went back to Chile and founded Matías Zegers Architects. Last year, this Guest Pavilion, located in the Casas del Bosque winery in the Casablanca Valley, was finished and Cristobal Palma realized this beautiful video, showing how simple but very powerful house settles overlooking the vineyards.

You can check some more videos by Cristobal Palma at ArchDaily:

Sustainable Market Square Competition Entry / Joan Alomar

07:00 - 12 December, 2012
Courtesy of Joan Alomar
Courtesy of Joan Alomar

The proposal by Joan Alomar, of Estudio Lunar, presents a building that completes the urban block and blends in to the neighborhood of Casablanca. This concept leads the architecture that mimics the events at it’s surroundings, the nature, vernacular architecture, etc. To blend is the rational sustainable concept to exist without causing a disturbance. Sustainability as a complete concept is not only about saving energy, the building first needs to be socially useful and improve the neighborhood, that’s the first target of this market; it’s not only a market hall. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sustainable Market Square Competition Entry / Nikolova/Aarsø (N/A)

03:00 - 10 December, 2012
Courtesy of Nikolova/Aarsø (N/A)
Courtesy of Nikolova/Aarsø (N/A)

The proposal for the Casablanca Sustainable Market Square competition by Nikolova/Aarsø (N/A) brings together the economic, ecological, cultural, and social aspects of sustainability together. The architects do so with the interplay of medieval Islamic design tradition and contemporary advanced building technology. The architectural concept is developed through the use of the girih tiles as a constantly present design method that elevates its purpose from pure ornamentation to a method of developing architectural composition, spatial organization, structural elements, integration of environmental sustainable technology and strategies, to the planning of flow of people. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Market Square Cover Competition Entry / Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan

11:00 - 26 November, 2012
Courtesy of Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan
Courtesy of Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan

Designed for the market square cover competition, the ‘flying carpet’ proposal by Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan is a modular and sustainable cover with the goal for the efficient arrangement of the functional facilities. This is attained by putting them along the site border thus maximizing the space to be used for market. They revive the dull facade of the neighboring building by bringing the volume of the facilities into the shape of its skyline. Among all other things, it contributes to the increase in urban density as windowless facade becomes a part of lively market place. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sustainable Market Square Winning Proposal / TomDavid Architects

07:00 - 23 November, 2012
Courtesy of TomDavid Architects
Courtesy of TomDavid Architects

TomDavid Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Sustainable Market Square competition in Casablanca. In their proposal, they successfully combine indigenous techniques for shelter and heat control, the accountability of it’s residence, and innovative low-maintenance materials. In doing so, they create an efficient and pragmatic icon for the next generation market which serves as a catalyst for improvement. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pangal Cabin / emA Arquitectos

21:00 - 13 November, 2012
Pangal Cabin / emA Arquitectos, © Marcelo Cáceres
© Marcelo Cáceres

© Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres +26

[CASABLANCA] Sustainable Market Square Competition

23:00 - 23 July, 2012
Courtesy of [AC-CA]
Courtesy of [AC-CA]

[AC-CA] just launched their next competition which aims at designing a New Sustainable Market Square in Casablanca, Morocco. A market square is a public open area where market stalls are traditionally set out for trading, commonly on particular days. It is usually situated in the center of the town, surrounded by buildings and streets. To create a sustainable market, environmentally conscious design techniques will be implemented. The architecture of this new structure should reflect contemporary design tendencies. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but the design should also take into consideration the urban insertion and its impact. Early bird registration ends July 31 with the submission deadline November 5. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Connecting Riads Residential Complex / AQSO Arquitectos

11:00 - 18 May, 2012
© AQSO Arquitectos
© AQSO Arquitectos

Defined by a continuous volume snaking around two semipublic courtyards, the Connecting Riads residential complex by AQSO Arquitectos adapts to the different conditions of the plot to combine a domestic and urban appearance. Its simple gesture is defined by the particular context of each side of the site in a way that the different heights of the elevations become a contemporary and expressive form to which the roof is formed by staircase shaped green terraces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Productive Services, Morande Winery / Martin Hurtado Arquitectos Asociados

01:00 - 7 June, 2008
Productive Services, Morande Winery / Martin Hurtado Arquitectos Asociados
  • Architects

  • Location

    Casablanca, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architects

    Martin Hurtado Arquitectos Asociados
  • Collaborator

    Ignacio Correa
  • Structural Engineer

    Enzo Valladares Pagliotti
  • Services

    Jose Naranjo
  • Client

    Morande Winery
  • Contractor

    Constructora GHG S.A.
  • Area

    552.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

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