Perfect perforations

Nick Myall
Friday 03 Jun 2016

The new Marrakech Congress Centre by Tabanlioglu echoes the local traditional Morrocan architecture

This striking, robust new congress centre for Marrakech, by Istanbul-based international architecture practice Tabanlioglu Architects promises to be a sheltered place within which its visitors unite, with a design that respects both the site’s history and the essence of local values through materials, pattern and colour. The Marrakech Congress Center is the latest in a series designed by Tabanlioglu, bringing their elegant Modernism to Africa.

The congress centre will be enveloped in a robust natural stone façade, articulated with perforations that allow light to diffuse inside, while acting as solar shading. Endless geometric patterns, like mandala, will create an effect that references the vernacular architecture of Marrakech. Internally, the building will include a series of spaces on different levels, internal patios and gardens that will create a serene and natural environment. The interplay of the inside and outside will be a central theme for the building, communicated through integrated gardens, as well as with the sunlight piercing the façade throughout the day. At ground level the atrium will be visible through porticos and one central focus door that will reference the striking local doors in Morocco, emphasising a dynamic interior / exterior flow.


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