The commission for the El Marassi project was awarded on the basis of a competition. It is a complex comprising an apartment/hotel with 60 dwelling units built on a site near the marina of the historical hill of Sidi Bou Said. The plan and volumetry of the buildings are basically inspired by the pattern of traditional settlements of the region. The street pattern of the holiday village is that of a medina, with dead-end streets, small squares and covered passage ways. The two storey, cross-ventilated houses result in a fabric of medium density. Each house has a semi-open courtyard and offers views both over the sea and towards Sidi Bou Said. Thick walls, vaults, small windows and doors with mashrabiyah characterize the complex. The project is constructed with brick load bearing walls, brick vaults, marble, ceramic and terracotta tile finishing, and white-washed exterior walls.
Photographs of Al Marassi Hotel. Courtesy of Architect (submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture), 1983.
For the Aga Khan Award for Architecture nomination procedures, architects are requested to submit several layers of documentation including photography. These images supplement the slides and digital images also submitted.