This development of three weekend villas is sited on former farmland within Marrakech’s oasis. A shared entrance leads to a square from which each house can be accessed. Rough local stone and pigmented plaster create an informal but prestigious character in keeping with the exclusive area. The homogeneous external appearance of the three belies interiors that reflect their owners’ individual taste. Each is built over three storeys around a central double height space that in two of the villas can be opened to create a courtyard. Decorative elements are integral to the spatial configuration in accordance with tradition, resulting in a synergy of architecture and craftsmanship.
Suburban Villas Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.