Located at the entrance to the town of Chwitter, on the main road from the site to Marrakech, it has an almost institutional urban status that distinguishes it from surrounding constructions. The building is raised to free the space on the ground and create transparency and depths of field on the site. Our scheme is composed of North-South oriented crosswise bands, suspended in mid-air between hardscaped courtyards and planted gardens wich rest on V-columns and on “constructed fragments” that contain services plant rooms and lift cores. Our scheme adapts the strong image of barrel vaults that it incorporates into a contemporary expression and composition. In the scheme, the vaults constitute a spatial and structural principle. From the outside, they give the building a strong dynamic and an identified image which is both contemporary and rooted in the local imagination.
Salwa Mikou & Selma Mikou - Unit Master inter 16
Saint-Denis, France 2009
A coloured roof which gives reference to the lanterns of the cathedrals next to the building.
The body of the building seen from the main street shows a glazed screen façade giving the possibility for transparency in the interior gardens and under the coloured ceiling.
A visually remarkable amenity in the city centre , visible by its façades and its roof, a founding element of the project. We designed it to be both welcoming and protective, turned inwards towards inner courtyards to ensure privacy.
The project is designed as connected fragments: blue islands that are both isolated from the façade by circulation areas and open to an inner sea. The inner void of the courtyard evokes the outline of the Tallinn shoreline and contrasts with the regular oblong form of the external volume