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COP22 Village / OUALALOU+CHOI

13:00 - 9 November, 2016
COP22 Village / OUALALOU+CHOI , © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

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Urban Agency and OUALALOU+CHOI Collaborate to Create an Adult Educational Desert Oasis

06:00 - 15 September, 2016
Urban Agency and OUALALOU+CHOI Collaborate to Create an Adult Educational Desert Oasis, Courtesy of Urban Agency
Courtesy of Urban Agency

Urban Agency and OUALALOU+CHOI have drawn heavily from local inspiration for the design of a new adult education center in south-west Morocco. The isolated site is set against a harsh environmental backdrop, and in response the proposal only uses 10 000 of the allocated 22 000 square meters to create a compact building centered around an internal courtyard. This will allow it to be expanded upon in the future, as the building fulfills its intent as a world class education facility.  

The project uses the traditional "Medersa" (first universities) as precedent, incorporating a dynamic internal courtyard and a simple exterior envelope. The Medersa, known for their "social, cultural and climatic ingenuity," not only foster communal activity in their internal spaces but are protected from harsh sun, winds and sandstorms, creating a climatically controlled interior zone. 

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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."

Moroccan Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / OUALALOU+CHOI

05:00 - 28 July, 2015
Moroccan Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / OUALALOU+CHOI, © ​Luc Boegly
© ​Luc Boegly

© ​Luc Boegly © ​Luc Boegly © ​Luc Boegly © ​Luc Boegly + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Padiglione Marocco - Expo 2015, Via Belgioioso Cristina, 70, 20157 Milano, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    ​Tarik Oualalou, Linna Choi
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
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