Connecting Riads \ AQSO arquitectos office

• May 21, 2012

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Connecting Riads, image courtesy AQSO arquitectos office

The project is located on the east side of Anfa district, a downtown historic area in the vicinity of an old airport to be demolished. The plot is situated between the Gran Theatre boulevard and a residential area composed of low buildings and an urban park.

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Connecting Riads, render courtesy AQSO arquitectos office

The scheme is solved conceptually as a continuous block aligned to the surrounding streets and wrapping around two big ‘riads’. This simple gesture is further defined by the particular context of each side of the site in a way that the different height of the elevation become a contemporary and expressive form to which the roof is formed by staircase shaped green terraces.

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Connecting Riads, render courtesy AQSO arquitectos office

In this way the building grows to offer an urban character towards the boulevard and reduces its scale to the opposite side. The upward volume allows the apartments to enjoy the view of the park.

The building façade turns into two different strategies: the exterior skin facing the most public context becomes an introverted and formal element while the interior one facing the private courtyards becomes extrovert and domestic.

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Connecting Riads, render courtesy AQSO arquitectos office

The first one is made by long balconies enclosed by sliding latticework panels and the second one is just a white and plain surface only interrupted by long windows and big protruding balconies. This elements arranged in an irregular order are hanged on the wall like flowerpots in an Andalusian patio. The building block is also perforated through big openings working as green terraces and allowing good ventilation and views.

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Connecting Riads - Elevations, drawing courtesy AQSO arquitectos office

On the semipublic areas, the landscape is treated with an organic layout combining cobbled paving pathways, water features and native vegetation of trees and low-maintenance plants.

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Connecting Riads - Ground floor plan, drawing courtesy AQSO arquitectos office

The complex is composed of different residential typologies ranging from 70 to 160 sqm. The apartments follow a 6×3 meters module in which grid are arranged the different rooms. There are five unit types and different subtypes depending on the orientation and geometry.

+ Project facts

Project title: Connecting riads
Subtitle: Residential complex in Casablanca
Architects: AQSO arquitectos office
Location: Casablanca, Morocco
Site area: 9814 sqm
Ground Floor Area: 49154 sqm
Client: Nokta Group

+ All images and drawings courtesy AQSO arquitectos office

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Category: Architecture, Residential

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