This project inserts a human-scale housing development inspired by 'local heritage' into one of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Marrakech. It provides 59 housing units averaging 120 m2, in a mix of two-storey single-family homes and three-storey apartment buildings. The focus of the complex is a square with a fountain, the 'symbol of water in our traditional spaces'. The 'symbol of the sun' is to be found in a mural by an artist. The reinforced concrete structures are infilled with concrete blocks and covered with a variety of finishes - sandstone, concrete tiles and traditional Moroccan tilework ('zilege').
Jnane Housing Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.