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At once aerial, solid, and protective, the structure of this new bus station takes its inspiration from Saharan tents that shelter their users from the hot, dry sun, Marrakech, Marrakech – Reviews and Cheap Rates
The very contemporary architecture nevertheless subtly recalls the local, traditional architecture, especially through its use of red earth and mashrabiya lattice windows.
The building is organized around a patio garden and hosts vehicles, passengers, shops, and cafes under its large roof. As a meeting and a gathering point, it entices a sense of dayneying. Its mass and outline stands out against the landscape of Atlas mountains. The building’s triangular silhouette marks the site and invites passers-by to enter and seek shelter, echoing the Moroccans’ hospitality.
The roof recovers rainwater and refreshes the interior spaces using light wells that provide a natural form of ventilation, even when there is no wind. The project uses this design to adapt itself to the local climatic conditions. This intelligence of form and use is one of its remarkable signature aspects that will sustainably integrate it into the landscape and the collective memory of all its users.
Architects: Atelier du Pont
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Surface: 8775 m² sdp
Cost: 5.2 M €
Client: Urban Community of the city of Marrakech
Masters Team work: Bridge Workshop ( agent architect), Sijelmassi & partners (associate architect)
Competition team: Julie-Laure Anthonioz