Among the innovative efforts to reintroduce spatial or decorative principles of traditional Moroccan building to contemporary programmes, the work of architect Abdelrahim Sijelmassi is exemplary. Steeped in tenets of modern architecture in the West from his training in France, Sijelmassi's work over the years since his return to practice in Casablanca shows a subtle incorporation of elements from his own culture. (Source: AKTC)
This single-storey residence is symetrically laid out along a main axis running east-west in the direction of the sloping site. A central covered courtyard separates the reception and living areas from the sleeping quarters. The bedrooms are situated on the higher part of the site, while the more public oriented spaces occupy the lower part of the house and open to the garden and swimming pool. Glare and heat gain are controlled by means of thick walls and recessed windows on the western façade.